Sawamura Tossho II as Ume no Yoshibei, 1863 - Terrific image of Sawamura Tossho II as the otokodate or street knight Ume no Yoshibei After the shop apprentice Chokichi saves him from robbers one night, he in turn kills Chokichi for his money, unaware that he has just murdered his own brother-in-law. Here, he has just drawn his sword, the blade visible behind his outstretched left hand as he leans forward alertly. Two geese fly in front of a slender crescent moon partially concealed by a misty cloud. A handsome design with faint embossing on the pale blue under robe. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight thinning at edge, small hole, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, wrinkling near top. Please see photos for details.
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