Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Zori Sandal Scene from Kagamiyama, 1888
Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Kagamiyama." The senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji plots the downfall of her junior Onoe by substituting a zori sandal for a valuable statue in Onoe's care. Here, Iwafuji creates a scene after discovering the sandal in place of the statue. She holds the sandal threateningly over her head, glaring at the meek Onoe, who kneels quietly at her feet. The palace interior is elegantly furnished with a dragon screen and a fine lacquered railing around the balcony, with cherry blossoms framing the view outside. A great illustration from this well-known play with beautiful color and fine detail, including burnishing on the black lacquer frame on the dragon screen.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper and remargined at right edge. Slight toning, small stain. Please see photos for details.