Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)


Sawamura Tossho I as Sadato, Ichikawa Ebizo V as Muneto, and Sawamura Tossho I as Sodeogi

each sheet signed Gototei Kunisada ga, with censor's seal kiwame, publisher's seal Hon, Edo, Sen'ichi (Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo), ca. 1839

oban tate-e triptych 14 7/8 by 29 7/8 in., 37.8 by 76 cm

The actor Sawamura Tossho I (Suketakaya Takasuke III, 1802-1853) in the role of Sadato stands at right holding a plum blossom branch towards the actor Ichikawa Ebizo V (Danjuro VII, 1791-1859) in the role of Muneto struggling while restrained by a large rope, and Tossho I is seen again in the female role of Sodeogi holding a shamisen while gesturing with her left hand turned down from her wrist like a paw in a manner mimicking a fox. The scene is set outside on a snowy night from the play, Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura staged at the Kawarazaki Theater in the 9th lunar month of 1839.

The Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) Project, (kunisda.de), kabuki plays from 1839
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 11.4347a-c

(inv. no. 10-5380)

price: $1,600


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