Kunisada: Fox Woman Kuzunoha During the Shinoda Forest Journey
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Fox Woman Kuzunoha During the Shinoda Forest Journey
Bold half-length actor portraits with magical foxfires hovering above the scene of a darkened meadow. The actors Arashi Rikan III, Sawamura Yoshijiro I, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the roles of Kuzunoha kitsune, Abe no Yasuna and Abe no Seimei. Kazunoha Kitsune was the magical fox woman, so the foxfires must be related to her and her mystical shapeshifting power. The background of chrysanthemums and pampas grass must mean that this is the Shinoda Forest Journey portion of the play. From the play Ashiya dauman ochi kagami.
Censor’s seal: Kinugasa, Murata.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban Diptych
Publisher: Kogaya Katsugoro
Signature: Toyokuni ga