Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861

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."

Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861 - Handsome portrait of Sawamura Tanosuke III as the young samurai Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, who grows up to become the legendary warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune. In the "Chrysanthemum Garden" scene from the popular play commonly known as "Kiichi Hogen," Ushiwakamaru disguises himself as a yakko or footman to join the household of the Heike general Yoshioka Kiichi in the hopes of obtaining his books of strategy. He looks over his shoulder with a slight smile, gripping the scabbard of his sword. He wears a brown outer robe with the distinctive crest of a yakko on the shoulder and arm. His red kimono is patterned with the paulownia crest of the Genji clan, though. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair, embossing on the yakko crest and the white cord wrapped around his thick topknot, and burnishing on the black collar. An attractive design from this rarely seen series.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8"

Condition - Nice detail. Small repair, a couple light creases.

Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Garden Chrysanthemum: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Onzoshi Ushiwakamaru, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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