Original Yoshifuji (1828 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nagoya Sanza Opening a Lacquer Box, 1847 - 1852
Comments - Intriguing kabuki depiction of the disgraced samurai Nagoya Sanza sitting at left, scowling as he looks down into the lacquer box he has just opened, which no longer contains the valuable scroll that was in his care, but a worthless sandal instead. Unknown to him, his enemy, Fuwa Banzaemon, who stands at right, has stolen the scroll and replaced it with the sandal, which Sanza has angrily thrown, the shoe landing on the ground at right. Banzaemon grips his sword as he watches Sanza, but the yakko or low-ranking servant kneeling beside him takes hold of his wrist to stop him from acting. Banzaemon wears a striking black kimono patterned with red lightning bolts and bands of golden yellow clouds. The scene takes place at the entrance gate to Hasedera Temple, with the structure visible at upper right and a blossoming plum tree beyond. A handsome design with expressive figures.
Artist - Yoshifuji (1828 - 1889)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Two separate panels. Small loss and thinning at edge, a few holes, repaired. A few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.