Foot Soldier Preparing to Commit Suicide, 1857

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Foot Soldier Preparing to Commit Suicide, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Foot Soldier Preparing to Commit Suicide, 1857

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of a middle-aged ashigaru or foot soldier, the lowest rank of samurai, inside a home along the waterfront, preparing to commit suicide. The distraught man bares his chest as he grips the blade of a sword wrapped in cloth, ready to plunge it into his belly. Just outside the door, the samurai Inaba Jirokichi hands a drawstring bag of money to two kneeling pilgrims. The man reaches out to take the sack as the beauty clasps her hands together in prayer, smiling happily. Each wears a white pilgrim's vest and a string of shrine slips about the neck. The pilgrims are played by Bando Hikosaburo as Shinsuke and Nakamura Kamenojo as Omoto. An intriguing subject with expressive figures and a handsomely detailed setting, including fine shading in the water and darkening sky.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 29 1/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small repairs, oval marks in red ink in two panels. Please see photos for details.

Foot Soldier Preparing to Commit Suicide, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Foot Soldier Preparing to Commit Suicide, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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