Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857

Comments - Dramatic supernatural kabuki scene of the ghost of Kumogiri Nizaemon appearing atop a wisp of yellow smoke arising from the severed head carried by the dog at lower left. With a distraught grimace, the spirit holds out a stack of money wrapped in a blue cloth. In the center, the tobacconist Kihachi leaps up in fright, a worried expression on his face. The beauty Osawa watches the dog with an alarmed look, her mouth slightly agape as she shelters the light from a lantern beneath her sleeve. A fence with alternating black and bamboo panels stretches across the background, with a blossoming plum tree framing the scene. From left, the actors are Iwai Kumesaburo III, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII, and Onoe Kazuichi. An intriguing, atmospheric design, nicely detailed with embossing in the dog's fur.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 7/8" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. A couple small losses at edges, repaired.

Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Ghost Arising from a Severed Head, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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