Comments - Attractive scene from the kabuki play "Katakiuchi ama no hashidate" of three beauties in an interior. At left, the courtesan Kikunoi smiles as she looks up from the long letter she is reading. She wears a plaid kimono bordered with her namesake chrysanthemums (kiku) over a red under robe, tied with a red obi that reverses to plum. In the center, the beauty Shinzo Mitsuhama offers an ornate pipe to her companion, the courtesan Kaoru. She stares back at her with a strange grimace, holding a sheer silk fan to her chest. Her outer robe features yellow mountain roses and flowing water. A handsome design.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 28 3/4"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with somewhat stiff paper. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, repaired. Slight rubbing, toned vertical line in two panels. Please see photos for details.
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