Comments - Interesting scene from the play "Kanadehon Chushingura," the drama based on the famous story of the 47 ronin. Here, a group of men are gathered at a tea stand at night. At left, the samurai Teraoka Heimon sits on a bench with one knee pulled up beside him, grimacing angrily as he looks over his shoulder. The courier Kanbei sits beside him drinking from a small blue and white cup. At top right, the farmer Ganbei looks up in alarm at a swarm of wasps flying around a huge nest, a hoe over his shoulder. Below, the monk Mitoshi berates Sakaya Kanroku, who scratches his head in a puzzled manner. From right, the actors are Nakamura Kozo I (?) as Mitoshi hoin, Nakamura Kantaro I as Sakaya Kanroku, Nakayama Bungoro II as the farmer Ganbei, Nakamura Kan'emon I as the courier Kanbei, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Teraoka Heiemon, and Matsumoto Sumigoro I (?) as the farmer Junsaku. Great expressive figures in an interesting setting, also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nice overall.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 20" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. A few creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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