Comments - Wonderful triptych illustrating a scene from the kabuki play "Imoseyama onna teikin," which tells the story of a young couple who fall in love, unaware that their families are bitter rivals. Each family owns an estate on opposite sides of the Yoshino River, which rushes through the background of the scene. The young samurai Koganosuke and the beauty Hinadori decide that they would rather commit suicide together than be separated by their families. Here, the pair presents blossoming cherry branches to their parents to signal their intentions. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danjuro as Hidadori's mother Koshitsu Sadataka, Nakamura Fukusuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, and Nakamura Shikan as Koganosuke's father Daihanji Kiyosumi. A dramatic scene with large figures, beautifully detailed with a burnished checked pattern on the purple kimono and a burnished geometric pattern on the black kimono.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corners. A few holes, repaired. Slight toning, creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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