Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Disguised as a Courtesan, 1854
Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene featuring the courtesan Hanako, who is actually the young heir Yoshida Matsuwaka in disguise as he searches for a valuable family seal and a scroll that has been lost. She smiles happily over her shoulder at the otokodate or street knight Katsushika Juemon arrives at the door, dismayed to see his rival Shinobu no Sota already seated in the room. Sota has come into possession of the scroll, and both men are hoping to ransom the beauty. Juemon wears a brown kimono patterned with butterflies, a tobacco pouch and pipe case hanging from his waist, his sandals removed and place just outside the doorway. From left, the actors are Arashi Rikan III as the street knight Katsushika Juemon, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Shinobu no Sota, and Bando Shuka I as Hanakodayu (actually Matsuwaka). A handsome design with attractive color and detail in the fabrics and interior setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning at edges, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.