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Five Komuso, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Five Komuso, 1859

Comments - Fantastic five-panel kabuki print depicting actors as traveling monks called komuso. These Buddhist monks wandered the countryside playing the shakuhachi flute as a form of meditation. Each wears a traditional black monk's kesa or robe over a white kimono patterned with bamboo, and has a flute and a large basket hat. Each figure is finely drawn with individualized features and different expressions. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black robes, delicate cloth embossing on the white kimono, and a geometric pattern embossed on the white linings of the robes. From right, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Shirai Gonpachi (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyamoto Musashi (CR), Sawamura Tossho II as Hanakawa Bunshichi (C), Ichikawa Ichizo III as Sawai Matagoro (CL), and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Ishii Genjiro (L). A handsome and unusual five-panel woodblock, rare to find complete.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 47" + margins as shown

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

Five Komuso, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Five Komuso, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)