Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kagekiyo Breaking out of Prison, 1842
Comments - Handsome illustration from a play about the great Taira warrior Kagekiyo. In the center, he strikes a bold pose as he raises a wooden beam above his head after being imprisoned by the Minamoto. His bushy hair and flared sideburns give him a fierce expression. At right, the Genji commander Chichibu Shigetada watches with a worried expression, while Kagekiyo's sweetheart, Akoya, kneels below. Shigetada's retainer Iwanaga Munetsura grimaces at lower left, the beauty Hitomaru standing behind him. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikujiro, Arashi Yoshisaburo, Ichikawa Ebizo, Onoe Eisaburo as Akoya, and Ichiakwa Kuzo. A great design with expressive figures.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.