Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Rogue and Samurai Battling Attackers, 1856
Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of a samurai in the center and a rogue at right battling attackers. The rogue Nenoi Taro has stepped through a woven fence panel as he twists the hand of an enemy, forcing him to fall backwards as he grips a banner in his other hand. He wears a black fur vest over armor, a worried expression on his face. At bottom center, the samurai reacts with alarm reaching towards the rogue but stopped by the fellow grabbing his wrist from behind. Just above, the lady's attendant Shiraito peers through the curtains of a window. At left, the nobleman Shimizu Yoshitaka grimaces as he holds up a folding fan, the frightened daughter Ohime hiding behind him. A fascinating image with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous backing. Slight thinning at edge, a couple tiny losses at corners, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.