Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852

Comments - Great kabuki double portrait featuring Bando Shuka I as the servant Ohatsu and Sawamura Chojuro V as Tsubone Iwafuji in "Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon" at the Ichimura Theater. Ohatsu was the loyal maid of the lady-in-waiting Onoe, who committed suicide after the jealous Iwafuji replaced a valuable statue in Onoe's care with a worthless sandal. Ohatsu vowed to avenge her mistress's death, and met Iwafuji out in the palace garden one night to kill her. Here, she surprises the older woman, kneeling before her with a sly grin. Iwafuji grimaces angrily as she grips an umbrella over her shoulder. She wears a black kimono with a beautiful burnished geometric pattern tied with a brocade obi and blue sash. A few flowers can be seen behind the figures at left. A nicely detailed design, with additional burnishing on the black area of the umbrella.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 9 1/4"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. Vertical fold at side. Stitching holes at side, wormhole, repaired. Light horizontal line where backing papers meet.

Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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