Coy Beauties and Clumsy Servant, 1861

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Coy Beauties and Clumsy Servant, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Coy Beauties and Clumsy Servant, 1861

Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych of two coy beauties smiling and laughing at a servant who has fallen to the ground. The distinctive crest on the shoulders of his black coat indicates that he is a yakko, a low-ranking servant attaching to a high-ranking samurai. He stares up at the woman at right as she giggles and leans back, bringing her kimono sleeve up to her mouth. Casks of sake wrapped in straw are piled at right, and a palanquin sits in the center of the street, a gourd container tied to a cherry branch resting on top. A great nighttime scene with wonderful detail and expressive figures. From left, the actors are Sawamura Tanosuke, Bando Hikosaburo, and Iwai Kumesaburo. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black obi and the yakko's black robe.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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

Condition - Nice detail. Vertical fold at side of two panels. A few small repairs at edges, a couple light creases.

Coy Beauties and Clumsy Servant, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Coy Beauties and Clumsy Servant, 1861 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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