Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Matchmaking at the Grand Shrine of Izumo, 1851
Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene of matchmaking taking place at the Grand Shrine of Izumo, a site famous for matchmaking. The participants are all actors in character, each carefully identified with a name cartouche. At bottom center, a priest sits behind an enormous open book, looking up with a brush in hand. The fellow seated beside him clutches a large fish under one arm and a fishing rod, in the manner of Ebisu, one of the Seven Lucky Gods. Just above him, a green dragon with a curly wig and patterned kimono dances about. At far left, a nobleman rides a dappled horse, a bow across his saddle, while Chinese warriors in exotic armor trimmed with ruffles stand nearby. An ornately carved torii gate frames the center of the image; the red orange pigment on the gate and railing has oxidized to a darker tone. A fascinating image with a wonderful range of expressive figures, beautifully colored and detailed. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 29" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold in each panel. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.