Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" of a magic fox crouching beside a verandah. In the drama, a fox disguises himself as Minamoto no Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Sato Tadanobu in an effort to retrieve a drum that the samurai had given to his sweetheart, Lady Shizuka. Here, he frowns at the beauty, holding his hands out before him like paws as he begins to reveal his true animal nature. Lady Shizuka watches him as she taps the drum resting on her shoulder, while at right, Yoshitsune stares at him angrily. Red foxfires, a sign of a supernatural happening dance in the night sky beneath blossoming cherry branches. A handsome illustration from this popular ply, detailed with burnishing on the black lacquer railing and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone on the flowers in the beauty's hair and the armrest and pipe at right.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 26 1/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical fold in two panels. Tear and small losses at edge, repaired. A few creases.

Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)