Comments - Attractive kabuki scene from the popular play commonly known as "Musume Dojoji." A shirabyoshi dancer arrives at Dojoji Temple, asking to perform at the dedication of a new temple bell. Previously, the beauty Kiyohime was in love with a priest there, who hid beneath the temple bell to avoid her attention. Kiyohime transformed into a serpent, curling around the bell and melting it, killing the priest inside. No woman has been allowed there since. The priests reluctantly agree to let the dancer perform, but they are soon overcome by strange feelings, unaware that the woman is actually the spirit of Kiyohime. She wears a floral kimono and tall court cap as she strikes a pose, grinning as she looks up at the bell. Behind her, two priests lounging on the ground watch her intently, one with a worried expression on his face. Cherry blossoms frame the scene overhead against a softly shaded sky, and a large temple bell hangs at right. A terrific scene.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 18 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing, Small loss at edge, small thinning spot, repaired. Light rippling and wrinkling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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