Kunisada: Actors Along the Oi River, One with Tattoo

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) 1786-1864
Title: Triptych of Kabuki Actors along the Oi River, one Tattooed
Date: 1861

Five actors, dressed as travelers in matching yukata, stop on their journey for a rest along the Oi River. The actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (also known as Onoe Kikugoro V), who is shown toweling off, has tattoos of flowers on his upper arms. Standing and gesturing forward is Nakamura Shikan (?), who seems to want to hurry the group along. They are all dressed as otokodate, chivalrous heroes to the townsfolk.

Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition. Backed.
Signature: Toyokuni ga
Size: Oban triptych (36.2 x 74.4 cm, approx.)