Comments - Unusual print depicting Nakamura Shikan IV in three kabuki roles. At left, a courtesan grins as she looks down at an enormous gray rat that is placing a wooden box atop the head of a cartoon character. At right, the spirit of a butterfly watches the beauty with a evil grin, holding up sleeves patterned to look like a butterfly's wings. An intriguing image, detailed with fine line work in the hair and faint embossing on the white kimono collar.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical centerfold. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight soiling and rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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