Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play " Higashiyama Sakura Zoshi," a drama about the mayor Asakura Togo, who bypassed a crooked local governor to petition the shogun directly for tax relief for his village, an act punishable by death. Here, Togo stands shivering in the snow outside a tiny rustic hut made of straw matting over a wooden and bamboo frame. Inside, the boatman Jimbei tends a fire, poking at the flames as he holds his other hand over the brazier for warmth. An anguished expression on his face, Togo holds his hands to his mouth, snow blanketing his straw hat and coat. He is debating whether to ask Jimbei to ferry him across the river to see his family one last time, knowing that by assisting him, Jimbei could also face death. The boat is tied next to the shore at lower right, and heavy flakes of snow fall against the gray winter sky. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Bando Hikosaburo IV. Great expressive figures in a nicely detailed setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 19 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. A couple small wormholes, repaired. Very slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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