Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Fox Lady Kuzunoha, 1852
Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the tale of a magic fox who took human as the beauty Kuzunoha to marry the samurai Abe no Yasuna. Here, the daimyo Ashiya Doman sits on a lacquer stool beside an elegant palanquin as he chats with Yasuna. His eyes wide and an alarmed expression on his face, he holds out a cloth-wrapped object to the samurai. The kneeling Yasuna looks up with a solemn frown as he leans forward. He wears a black kimono bordered with yellow scrolls and tiny blue gourds. At left, Kuzunoha watches the nobleman suspiciously, her hand resting on the shoulder of their young son. Autumn grasses and blossoms frame the evening sky behind an elegant enclosed palanquin. Nice expressive figures in a handsome setting. Includes burnishing on the black kimono and the black areas of the palanquin.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 29" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, a few holes, repaired. Light wrinkling, slight rubbing at edge, paper remnants at side from previous attachment. Please see photos for details.