Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Twelve Continuous Acts of The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers: Acts 1, 2, and 3, 1860
Comments - Great kabuki triptych showcasing acts 1, 2, and 3 from the classic drama "Kanadehon Chushingura," which tells the story of the 47 ronin. In Act 1 at right, the evil Lord Moronao scowls angrily from the steps of the Imperial Palace at Lord Wakasanosuke, who kneels before him. Lord Hangan wears a colorful blue robe while his wife, Lady Kaoyo looks up with an anxious expression at left. In the center in Act 2, the loyal Honzo cuts a branch from a pine tree to show his support for Lord Wakasanosuke's plan to avenge Moronao's offensive behavior towards Lady Kaoyo. In Act 3 at left, the beauty Okaru and Kampei face a palace guard as they attempt to leave the palace to elope. Mt. Fuji rises majestically in the distance beyond tall pine trees. A terrific design, with large colorful figures and a clever composition connecting the various acts. Nicely detailed with a burnished pattern on Honzo's black kimono and burnishing on the Moronao's robe and court cap. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, right panel backed with paper. Small losses at corners, stitching holes at side of one panel, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling and rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.