Comments - Interesting kabuki diptych showing Shimobe Shikazo using the hem of his kimono to wipe clean the blade of Nagoya Sanza's sword. The samurai looks up as a flock of swallows flies past the softly silhouetted branches of a willow tree, staring after them intently as he holds the sword out for his attendant. The sleeves of his black outer kimono are pushed down to the waist, and the sleeves of his blue under robe are tied back with a sash. A palanquin waits at right, and a wooden pail of water and dipper stands ready at left. From left, the actors are Ichimura Uzaemon XIII and Kawarasaki Gonjuro I. A handsome design, detailed with faint allover cloth embossing on the background.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 19 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical crease at side of one panel. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, a few spots. Please see photos for details.
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