Shi Brigade, Fifth Group, Imai; Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Mikawadai; Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Akasaka, 1863 - This fantastic and rare triptych from the series "Flowers of Edo" features a kite-flying theme, with a kite string running continuously across all three panels to connect to the yakko-dako or man kite depicting a yakko or low ranking servant at upper right. At lower left, a young boy holds the end of the kite string, while the image just to the right by Yoshitoshi shows a street musician knocked in the head by a loose kite with an image of Okame, the goddess of mirth. At left, a large kite of Daruma flies above alongside a smaller yakko-dako and a bird kite. In the center, a man goes flying up into the sky along with a bird kite, the broken string fluttering in the air, while at bottom two men rush forward, alarmed by his flight. At right, the yakko-dako kite floats above, detailed with burnishing in the black kimono and socks. From left to right, the individual panels are: Shi Brigade, Fifth Group, Imai: Ichikawa Kuzo III as Imai Shiro Kanehira; Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Mikawadai: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Kanto Koroku; and Ma Brigade, Fifth Group, Akasaka: Onoe Tamizo II as an Akasaka yakko kite. A terrific image of a memorable subject with wonderful color and detail, cleverly composed. Includes burnishing on the black robe of the yakko-dako. Rare to find complete.
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 26" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. Tear at edge, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, stain. Please see photos for details.
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