Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ohatsu's Discovery, 1857
Comments - Interesting nighttime scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Kagamiyama" about the junior lady-in-waiting Onoe, who commits suicide after the jealous senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji disgraces her by substituting a sandal for a precious statue in Onoe's care. Here, Onoe has sent her loyal maid, Ohatsu, to mail a letter for her. The crows flying overhead are a bad omen, and Ohatsu becomes worried about her mistress. While on her errand, Ohatsu becomes entangled in a fight between two rogues, one of whom attempts to steal her purse. The struggle knocks open the document box, revealing the sandal and a letter detailing Onoe's suicide. At right, Onoe clenches the letter between her teeth as she holds out the sandal, throwing her hand out at her side in alarm. A great image from this classic drama, with expressive figures and an atmospheric night setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 18 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Vertical fold in left panel. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.