Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Sanza Rotaku" showing the two arch enemies Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon accidentally encountering each other in the Yoshiwara at night. Entrusted by his lord with the care of a precious scroll, Sanza was banished from his clan after the scroll was stolen by the evil Banzaemon, who appears at right dressed in a black robe with a bold design of clouds and lightning bolts. He scowls with rages as he draws his sword, while Sanza does the same at left, a worried expression on his face. A commoner caught between the pair throws his hands out at his sides in an attempt to keep the samurai from fighting. A wavy border across the center separates the figures from a view of the rooftops of the Yoshiwara, framed by willow trees with an enormous full moon in the evening sky. A handsome design.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 29 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small losses at tears at edges, a few holes, repaired. Toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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