Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene from "Satomi Hakkenden," the famous story of the Eight Dog warriors of Satomi. At left, the evil woman Funamushi grins slyly as she watches her two companions out of the corners of her eyes, a sake kettle in one hand. A samurai sits in the center holding a shallow red lacquer cup of sake, frowning over his shoulder at the fellow at right. Nearby, a meal is set out in a blue and white porcelain bowl, and the samurai's hat and swords rest on the floor beside a low folding screen made from straw mats tied to a bamboo frame. The man at right grimaces back at him as he holds his sword. He wears an unusual blue kimono patterned with red crabs crawling over a stone wall. Dark rocks dotted with vines and moss frame the dark night sky on either side, giving the home the appearance of being inside the mouth of a cave. Wonderfully detailed, with expressive figures.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at edge, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.