Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Syllable Ku for Kumo no Taema: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kumo no Taema and Bando Shuka I as the Female Narukami
Series; The Seven Variations of the Iroha, 1856
The Seven Variations of the Iroha - Handsome design from Toyokuni III's 1856 series pairing kabuki scenes with the kana syllabary in iroha order. These lively images feature expressive figures in handsomely detailed settings. Attractively colored, many include deluxe printing techniques such as bokashi shading or embossing. The red title cartouche at upper right appears to emerge from a demon's mouth, with a text panel next to it in the form of a folding screen. Also in 1856, Toyokuni III completed a supplement series in a very similar format using numbers instead of syllables. A great example of Toyokuni III's fine kabuki prints.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 5/8" Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small wormhole, repaired. Backed with paper. Please see photos for details.