Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi," which tells the story of a former courtesan, Oshun, and her lover, the murderer Dembei, who decide to commit suicide together rather than be parted. The couple meets in her mother's home, where her brother, who is a monkey trainer, sadly comes to realize their plan. The beauty looks down with a sweet smile as Dembei stands behind her, frowning unhappily. Yojiro kneels at left, wiping the side of his face with a towel as his monkey dances about in a red tie-dyed kimono. From left, the actors are Kataoka Gado II as Yojiro, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Oshun, and Sawamura Tossho II as Dembei. Wonderful detail in the household setting, with curtains hanging in the doorway and robes and a straw hat hung on the wall. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 19"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Hole at edge, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and light stains. Please see photos for details.
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