Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Motome and Omiwa, 1871
Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play commonly known as "Imoseyama Onna Teikin." In the center, the beauty Omiwa has fallen in love with the young Motome, who is actually the samurai Fujiwara no Nakatomi Tankai, who is fighting the evil daimyo Iruka. One night Motome follows Princess Tachibana, whom he suspects is the sister of Iruka, by tying a red thread to her robe. The jealous Omiwa in turn ties a white thread to Motome to follow him. Here, each holds a spool of thread, Motome scowling as he looks up, while the beauty grins at him happily. The man at right watches the couple closely as he takes a toothpick from his mouth, a ceramic bottle hanging from a cord tied to his sword. Blossoming cherry trees frame the deep blue sky above. An interesting design with large colorful figures.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.