Comments - Terrific kabuki scene from the historical tale "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," a story about the three warring kingdoms in China during the third century. This triptych illustrates the three leaders Kwanu, Gentoku, and Chohi meeting in the peach orchard to take an oath of brotherhood, swearing to serve each other and the state rather than continue fighting amongst themselves. The bearded warrior in the center holds a fan as he looks solemnly at the warrior on the left, a goblet in his outstretched hand as he looks up at him. The warrior on the right strokes his beard thoughtfully, holding a fantastic glaive with a blade issuing from a dragon's mouth. A table in the center is laden with refreshments, and a blossoming peach tree fills the background. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro as Chohi, Ichikawa Danjuro, and Nakamura Shikan. A fantastic image with lively color and striking, exotic costumes. A great image from this historic tale.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few small tears at edges, repaired. Creasing, wrinkling, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.