Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862

Series; Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tosei mitate sanjuroku kasen)

Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers - Handsome design from a late Toyokuni III series pairing kabuki actors with flowers. Each print features a half-length figure with a title cartouche that takes the form of a book surrounded by the selected flower. These attractive designs are nicely colored and detailed, with soft shading in the backgrounds. A rarely seen series, also translated as "Modern Comparison of the Thirty-six Poets."

Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862 - Great kabuki portrait of Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as folk hero and magician Jiraiya. He looks up with a frown, a sword in one hand and a pot overflowing with money tucked under his arm. He wears a red kimono with stylized flowers over armor, his hair pulled with into a thick ponytail with shorter hair sticking up on top and framing his face, giving him a somewhat disheveled appearance. A terrific design.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9 3/8"

Condition - Nice detail. A few small repairs, a couple light creases.

Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Potted Violets: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya, 1862 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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