Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the play "Kinryuzan Chimoto no Hatsuhana," a drama about the jealous senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji, who tries to dishonor the junior lady-in-waiting Onoe. Here, Iwafuji has challenged Onoe to a martial arts contest, the true test of a samurai woman. Much to Iwafuji's chagrin, Onoe's loyal maid Hatsu easily bests the matron. In the center, Iwafuji turns away with an alarmed expression, her hand to her head as at right, Hatsu raises her wooden practice sword above her head. At upper left, Onoe watches the contest with delight, smiling happily, while another attendant cowers o the ground before her. From right, the actors are Nakamura Ganpachi I as Okujochu Itamino, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Heyagata Hatsu, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Tsubone Iwafuji, Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Churo Onoe, and Otani Tokuji II as Okujochu Sugatami. Nice expressive figures.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight separation at ends of vertical folds at sides of two panels, a few holes, repaired. Slight rubbing and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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