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Blind Musician Asagao, 1863 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Item Number: 894251

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Edo Era, 1603 - 1868
Item Number: 894251
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Blind Musician Asagao, 1863 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Blind Musician Asagao, 1863

Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki drama "Diary of a Morning Glory," which tells the story of the lovely young Miyuki, who loses her vision from crying after she and her lover, Miyagi Asojiro, are parted due to a misunderstanding. Changing her name to Asagao (Morning Glory), she earns a living as a blind musician, playing the koto at an inn, where Asojiro, who has now become a samurai named Komazawa Jirozaemon, accidentally discovers her. The beauty kneels beside a koto, clasping her hands together. She wears a blue and gray kimono decorated with her namesake morning glories, and maple leaves. Jirozaemon sits in the center of the room, fanning himself and staring at his former sweetheart with a sad, solemn frown as he recognizes her. The other three men seem surprised and anxious, looking worriedly at Jirozaemon. The major actors are Sawamura Tanosuke III as Asagao and Bando Hikosaburo V as Jirozaemon. Nice expressive figures in this interesting subject.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Image Size - 14" x 29" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning at corners, a few holes, repaired. Slight creasing and soiling. Please see photos for details.

Blind Musician Asagao, 1863 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Blind Musician Asagao, 1863 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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