Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1860

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1860

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play commonly known as "Nagoya Sanza," a drama about the samurai Nagoya Sanza who is banished by his clan after the evil samurai Fuwa Banzaemon stole a valuable scroll in his care. Here, the enemies accidently bump into each other one night in the Yoshiwara. At left, Sanza grips his sword with a worried frown, his kimono patterned with swallows flying in a rainstorm. At right, Banzaemon stares ahead with a tightlipped frown, surprised by the encounter. In the center, a beautiful courtesan tries to intervene, throwing her hands out in alarm. Her black outer kimono features oversized peony and chrysanthemum blossoms. Behind her, tubs of water are stacked atop a larger barrel, used to fight the frequent fires in the city of Edo due to the wooden construction of closely packed buildings. A flowering cherry tree frames the night sky above. Nice expressive figures in an attractive setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 29 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Horizontal folds at top edge, diagonal folds at corners. A few small repairs, light creasing throughout.

Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Enemies Meeting in the Yoshiwara, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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