Scene from Kaikei tenga-jaya mura, 1854

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Kaikei tenga-jaya mura, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kaikei tenga-jaya mura, 1854

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the play "Kaikei tenga-jaya mura" at the Kawarazaki Theater, a drama about the two Hayase brothers, samurai who lost a precious painting entrusted to them and whose father was killed by the evil Toma Saburoemon. The brothers are seeking both revenge and the painting. In the center, Hayase Iori looks up as his brother Genjiro's wife, Hazue, emerges from beneath the doorway curtains carrying a lacquer box, smiling sweetly. At right, Iori's wife Somenoi tilts her head with a sly grin as she holds a covered teacup on a stand. At left, Adachi Yasuke, who serves the Hayase family, scowls angrily, his brows furrowed as he eavesdrops outside the garden gate. The nicely detailed interior includes an alcove with irises hanging in a basket at right alongside shelves holding lacquer boxes. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Arashi Rikan III, Kawarazaki Gonjuro I, and Bando Shuka I. A handsome design.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 28 5/8"

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

Scene from Kaikei tenga-jaya mura, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Kaikei tenga-jaya mura, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)