Comments - Attractive kabuki scene from the tale of two sisters, who are reunited to avenge the death of their father. At left, the young sister Shinobu has traveled to Edo from her country home in search of her long-lost sister, who has become the beautiful courtesan Miyagino. After arriving at the Daikokuya brothel, she meets her sister and tells her the sad news that the samurai Shiga has killed their father, and the pair agree to immediately seek out the murderer. The proprietor Soroku overhears them, but instead of trying to stop them, he encourages them to be like the Soga Brothers and be patient. At right, Soroku looks up from a book, a stern expression on his face. Miyagino smiles at him fondly, tucking her hand into her obi. A kimono decorated with a scene of an iris garden is hung up at right, creating an interesting backdrop. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro V as Shinobu, Iwai Hanshiro VIII as Miyagino, and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Daikokuya Soroku. A nice colorful design with large expressive figures.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. A few small tears at edges, a few holes and thinning spots, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling, rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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