Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nagoya Sanza Reading a Letter, 1847 - 1852
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction
Kuniyoshi Prints - One of the great masters of ukiyo-e woodblocks, Kuniyoshi is perhaps best known for his warrior prints, but he worked in a range of subjects. In addition to dramatic samurai and battle scenes, he also created kabuki, beauty, landscape, and comic designs, each expertly drawn and composed. Don't miss this opportunity to acquire a classic woodblock by this great Edo era artist at a low opening bid price.
Nagoya Sanza Reading a Letter, 1847 - 1852 - Handsome kabuki portrait of the samurai Nagoya Sanza reading a letter. Sanza was banished by his clan after the evil Fuwa Banzaemon stole a valuable scroll in his care. Here, he smiles as he looks over his shoulder, holding the long message out between his hands. His outer robe features his trademark pattern of swallows flying in rain, worn over a black kimono and a red under robe. A low folding screen provides privacy for a bed and pillow on the floor behind him, with his swords on a rack above and a large wooden tub or vat suspended from a rope overhead. An interesting subject with a nicely detailed setting.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some soiling and creasing. A few faint spots. Some holes, repaired. Please see photos for details.