Lady Iwafuji and Ohatsu Practicing Martial Arts, 1887

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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Lady Iwafuji and Ohatsu Practicing Martial Arts, 1887 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Lady Iwafuji and Ohatsu Practicing Martial Arts, 1887

Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Kagamiyama." In the second act, the senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji challenges her junior, Onoe, to a fight with practice swords to demonstrate her martial arts skills, the test of a true samurai woman. Iwafuji secretly hopes to embarrass Onoe, who comes from a family of commoners. Onoe's loyal maid Ohatsu comes to her mistress's defense, fighting in her place and besting the evil Iwafuji. Ohatsu is shown in the center wearing a plaid kimono, deftly wielding a wooden sword in each hand. At left, Iwafuji raises her weapon above her head, gripping it with both hands, while Ohatsu knocks down another beauty at right. Just above, Onoe watches with a slightly worried expression. The room opens onto a view of a wing of the palace built out over a pond, with blossoming cherry branches above. Ichikawa Danjuro plays Iwafuji. A lively image with large expressive figures and vibrant color.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.

Lady Iwafuji and Ohatsu Practicing Martial Arts, 1887 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Lady Iwafuji and Ohatsu Practicing Martial Arts, 1887 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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