Ridgepole-Raising Ceremony for the Three Theaters, 1860

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Ridgepole-Raising Ceremony for the Three Theaters, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ridgepole-Raising Ceremony for the Three Theaters, 1860

Comments - Terrific triptych depicting a ridgepole-raising ceremony for three kabuki theaters. At left, Sawamura Tanosuke III holds a haraigushi wand with bundles of folded paper used in Shinto purification rituals. In the center, Nakamura Shikan IV smiles as he reads from a sheet of paper. Kawarazaki Gonjuro I stands at right carrying a large mallet decorated with symbols of the takaramono or precious things. A low platform behind them holds rows of oil lamps with orange flames, with offering trays beyond holding rice cakes and blue vases topped with folded paper. Colorful streamers flutter from the wooden supports against the soft blue sky. An interesting subject, wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28"

Condition - Nice detail. Vertical and diagonal folds. A few small repairs, wrinkling throughout.

Ridgepole-Raising Ceremony for the Three Theaters, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Ridgepole-Raising Ceremony for the Three Theaters, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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