Scene from Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta, 1854

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta, 1854

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta" at the Ichimura Theater, the story of the samurai Satsuma Gengobei, who fell in love with the geisha Koman. Koman had written on the back of her shamisen the characters for "godairiki," a pledge of fidelity when written by a geisha to her lover. Unbeknownst to her, the evil samurai Sasano Sangobei, who has been spurned by Koman, altered the writing to look like a pledge of love to him. Here, the beauty holds out the shamisen with a bewildered expression as Gengobei, standing at right, stares back at her with an alarmed expression, his arms folded across his chest and tucked into his sleeves. At left, Sangobei frowns down at the beauty as he holds his cased sword between his hands. Cloth panels lining the back of the room are decorated with fans and currents of water. From left, the actors are Nakamura Kozo I as Wakamono Kyusuke, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII, Onoe Baiko IV, Ichikawa Komazo VII as the boatman Yasuke, Arashi Kichisaburo III, and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Sakuraya Tokuemon. Nice expressive figures.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/2"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, repaired.

Scene from Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Itsumadegusa Ukina no Kaeuta, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)