Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850

by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850

Comments - Great kabuki scene from the play "Ashiya doman ouchi kagami" at the Nakamura Theater, a drama about the geisha Oshun and her lover, the murderer Denbei, who decide to commit suicide rather than be parted.. At left, the clerk Denbei of the Izutsuya looks down with an angry frown as he holds a long white cloth over his shoulder. In the center the geisha Oshun holds the other end of the sash, looking shyly down with a sweet smile, her other sleeve held to her chest. The couple wear matching kimono, and Oshun's black obi has a beautiful burnished pattern. They stand along side an iris pond outside the door of Oshun's brother, the monkey trainer Yojiro, who looks up with a worried expression as he bites the end of a chopstick. A meal is set out on a tray before him, with a kettle atop a blazing fire in a small hibachi nearby. The house is shabby with cracked and missing plaster. A handsome design with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting.

Artist - Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 29 3/4"

Condition - Nice detail. Slight thinning along horizontal centerfold, a few small holes, repaired. A few creases and wrinkles.

Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Ashiya doman ouchi kagami, 1850 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)