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Tsuchiyama: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi Heiji by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Item Number: 981167

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Item Category: Edo Era, 1603 - 1868
Item Number: 981167
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Tsuchiyama: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi Heiji by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tsuchiyama: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi Heiji
Series; The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, 1852

Toyokuni III's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.

The exact number of prints for the series is unclear, because two prints exist for some stations, and some intermediate stations are also included. Where there are two designs of the same subject, the background landscape continues across the two prints. This handsome series proved extremely popular when released, and remains a favorite of collectors today.

Toyokuni III's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - Toyokuni III's 1852 series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" pairs kabuki portraits with the stations along the famous Tokaido Road. Each design features a half-length figure in the foreground, with a border of clouds separating the actor from the landscape above. Interestingly, the title cartouche of each print is framed by different objects related to the kabuki character or play, including armor and weapons, household objects, flowers, horse equipment, and traveler's clothing and baggage. The large expressive characters are beautifully drawn and detailed, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the backgrounds.

The exact number of prints for the series is unclear, because two prints exist for some stations, and some intermediate stations are also included. Where there are two designs of the same subject, the background landscape continues across the two prints. This handsome series proved extremely popular when released, and remains a favorite of collectors today.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Slight soiling, wrinkling at edges, a few spots, stain. Please see photos for details.


Tsuchiyama: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi Heiji by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Tsuchiyama: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi Heiji by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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