Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sumo Wrestler Inagawa Jirokichi, 1839
Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from a play about the sumo wrestler Inagawa Jirokichi, who faces a dilemma because he needs money to finish ransoming a courtesan from a teahouse for his supporter. If he is unable to raise the funds, he will lose his honor and embarrass his patron. At right, he sits staring into a mirror on a stand with an angry frown, his arms firmly folded across his chest. In the center, his wife looks back at him, a comb in one hand and the other held to her forehead. Outside the door at left, a rival wrestler eavesdrops, a worried expression on his face. The actors include Ichimura Uzaemon as the wife Arashi Kichisaburo as Jirokichi. Nice expressive figures.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 30 2/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Fold at corner. A couple small losses and thinning at edges, a few holes, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing. Please see photos for details.