Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Priest Threatening a Beauty, 1847 - 1852
Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene of a priest drawing a sword concealed in his walking staff as he threatens a beauty. He frowns with worry as he draws the weapon, a portable shrine strapped to his back and a bell on a small block at the front of his waist. The woman recoils, throwing her hand out in alarm but still smiling, a water dipper in her other hand and a straw raincoat tied around her shoulders. At left, a rogue emerges from a hollow pine tree, gripping a shakuhachi flute and scowling angrily. Waves lap at the shore and boats are anchored in the harbor at upper right, with sails dotting the horizon. A fascinating subject with an attractive natural setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 30"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning along and separation at ends of vertical fold at side of each panel, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning, soiling, and rubbing. Please see photos for details.