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