Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851

Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play "Koi moyo furisode moyo" at the Ichimura Theater, based on the true story of Yaoya Oshichi, a 17th century teenager who sought refuge in a temple after a fire. While there, she fell in love with a monk, and in order to see him again, she set a fire that ended up destroying a large part of Edo. In this scene, Oshichi climbs the ladder of a fire tower at left, looking back over her shoulder as her maid gestures at her with alarm. Firemen are gathered around the tower, holding up lanterns to see the beauty. At bottom center, a man with a dazed expression points at the young woman as he delivers a message to the samurai Nitta Shiro seated at right. In dark silhouette in the distance, firemen can be seen clambering over the rooftops of Edo, some holding glowing paper lanterns. The actors include Bando Shuka I as Oshichi, Ichikawa Kuzo II as the maid, and Arashi Yoshisaburo III as Nitta Shiro. A great scene from this popular drama.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 29" + margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Vertical fold in left and center panels. A few wormholes, repaired. Crease at corner.

Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Koi moyo furisode moyoto, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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