Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886

Series; A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction

Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886 - Handsome scene from the play "Tsuyu kosode mukashi hachijo." The young beauty Okuma's widowed mother runs the Shirokoya lumber house, but needs to find her daughter a husband who can take over the business. She arranges a marriage for Okuma with a wealthy man, but Okuma is secretly in love with the man's head clerk, Chushichi. She proposes that the pair run away and commit lover's suicide, but Chushichi needs time to think, so when a traveling barber arrives, he agrees to have his hair done. The crooked barber comes up with a scheme to kidnap Okuma and ransom her, so that Chushichi can win favor by rescuing her. Here, Okuma stands in the doorway, anxiously clasping her hands together as the barber roughly combs Chushichi's hair while staring at her. The clerk howls in pain, waving his hand as the barber tugs at his hair. Ledgers and signs are hung on the wall, and the barber's chest filled with scissors and combs rests on the floor nearby. An interesting illustration with a nicely detailed setting.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 1/2"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A couple small repairs. Light vertical fold in right panel.

Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Okuma of the Shirokiya, 1886 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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