Yoshifuji: Kabuki Scene in Chinese Castle with Dragon Screen (SOLD)

Utagawa Yoshifuji

  • Sold.

Artist: Utagawa Yoshifuji
Title: Kabuki Scene in Chinese Castle with Dragon Screen
Date: 1859

Bando Kamezo I as Watonai’s mother Yomogiu crouches behind Arashi Kichisaburo III as Gojogun Kanki., and Bando Hikosaburo V as Kinshojo throws up her hands at left. The setting is a Chinese castle, and the actors wear splendid Chinese-style garments. We see a Chinese-style hanging lantern at left. Behind them is a magnificent screen (byobu) painted with an enormous, three-toed dragon. Here Yomogiu is interceding to save Kinshojo from Kanki, from the play Kokusenya gassen (國性爺合戦) by Chikamatsu. Yoshifuji was an Edo-based artist, a student of Kuniyoshi, but here is illustrating a print for the Osaka market.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Album creases along inner edges and some tiny puncture marks. Unbacked.
Dimensions: ôban 24.5 x 36.8 cm
Signature: Toto ipposai Yoshifuji ga (L)


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