Original Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888) Japanese Woodblock Print
The 47 Ronin, Act 8: Bando Hikosaburo V as Honzo's Wife Tonase and Sawamura Tossho II as His Daughter Konami
Series; The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, 1862
The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers - Handsome design from Kuniaki II's series depicting scenes from the famous kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura," based on the true story of the 47 ronin. Each print features a double portrait, with expressive figures set against a nicely detailed and colored background. The artist has used an unusual vertical oban format for the subject, focusing more on the characters than the setting, with each image framed by the ronin's traditional black and white dogtooth border. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this series in its collection. A nice choice for a collector interested in this classic tale.
Artist - Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" + margins
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.