Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Magician and Archer in Wolf Skin, 1852
Comments - Incredible Toyokuni III triptych of three samurai crossing a braided rope bridge over a chasm in a scene from the play "Jiraiya goketsu monogatari." In the center, the warrior Takasago Yuminosuke wears a wolf skin over his armor. He grips a flaming torch between his teeth and carries a bow. At left, the magician Jiraiya wears an impressive dragon print robe and carries a gun. He shields his face with his sleeve to avoid the squabbling of the other two men as Yasha Goro prepares to draw his sword. An absolutely fantastic scene with the softly shaded night sky adding an atmospheric touch, the crescent moon visible at lower left. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danjuro VIII, Arashi Rikan III, and Ichikawa Ebizo V. Fine line work in the wolf skin and expressive faces. A great scene from this popular kabuki play.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 28 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Slight paper remnant at side. Please see photos for details.