Superb Edo Pictures Illustrating Dances: Interior of an Imaginary Theater with a Performance of Shibaraku, 1858 - Fantastic look inside a kabuki theater during a kaomise or "face showing" performance of the classic play "Shibaraku." On the hanamichi walkway at left, the hero Gongoro has just appeared, wearing a voluminous rust-colored robe with the crest of the Ichikawa Danjuro line of actors on it. Onstage, the villain Takehira, standing under an umbrella at right, threatens to kill some of Gongoro's companions. The boxes and stands are crowed with theatergoers, who seem to be enjoying themselves. Paper lanterns hanging overhead feature actor crests, while the banner behind them, the crests of three Edo theaters are partially visible. From right, they are the Nakamura-za, the Ichimura-za, and the Morita-za. This subject is illustrated on page 38 of the recent book "Heroes of the Kabuki Stage" by Arendie and Hank Herwig. A terrific design with wonderful detail.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 28 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels. A few small losses and holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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