Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Original Japanese Woodblock Print Set
Sword Fight at a Shrine Kabuki Paper Model Set, 1900
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Handsome three panel paper model or toy print of a kabuki scene with two samurai sword fighting on the stone steps of a shrine. A samurai in a purple kimono looks up at them from reading a long letter, the paper trailing at his side. A young girl accompanies him, carrying a black lacquer box. The figures include two yakko or low-ranking servants. The setting includes the front of the shrine and the stone foundation, with blossoming plum trees and a grassy landscape with trees. A full moon hangs in the sky above, with streaky clouds in pale blue and white. An intriguing subject, complete and uncut, of a paper model subject we haven't come across before.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - Each panel 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Three separate panels. Bright and clean. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Faint toning at edges of first panel. Please see photos for details.