Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scabbards Brushing in the Yoshiwara, 1885
Comments - Handsome kabuki scene showing the two arch enemies, Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon, accidentally meeting in the Yoshiwara when they walk past each other and their scabbards brush. Entrusted by his lord with the care of a precious scroll, Sanza was banished from his clan after the scroll was stolen by the evil Banzaemon, who appears at right dressed in a burnished black robe with a bold design of swirling clouds and red lightning bolts. Gripping his sword upright with both hands, he glares at his enemy with a tightlipped frown. Sanza eyes him suspiciously, wearing a blue kimono patterned with swallows in flight and driving raindrops. The maid Okuni stands between the men, holding a lantern and trying to keep them apart. Teahouses line the street behind them, with a blossoming cherry tree set against the dramatic red sky. Kataoka Gado III plays Nagoya Sanza and Nakamura Shikan IV appears as Fuwa Banzaemon. A colorful design with large expressive figures.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.