Yoshikuni: The actor Nakamura Utaemon III and Demon

Toyokawa Yoshikuni 豊川芳国

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Artist: Toyokawa Yoshikuni 豊川芳国 1813-1832 (active)
Title: The actor Nakamura Utaemon III and Demon
Date: 1825

The actor Nakamura Utaemon III enacts the “throwing beans” ceremony to ward off demons in the new year. We get to see an actual demon floating on a black and grey cloud in the sky above him. The demon seems to be beating a retreat. He wears a pouch with writing and has a hand towel around his neck. Yoshikuni worked in the region of Osaka; the actor prints from this area have distinctive features that are different from the prints produced in Edo.

Condition:  Very good impression, color and condition. Areas of minor repair and crease along left edge. 
Dimensions: ôban 37 x 26.5 cm.  Lit: See British Museum website online.
Signature: On konomi ni tsuke Yoshikuni ga


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