Kunisada: Esoteric Incense Magic

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Title: Esoteric Incense Magic
Series: Competition of the Art of Magic done by Toyokuni 豊国揮毫 奇術競 (Toyokuni kigô kijutsu kurabe)
Date: 1861/12

Ichimura Uzaemon XIII in the role of Tengukozo Kiritaro. He floats on a wisp of incense smoke in a luxuriously appointed room. He holds a red gigaku mask and braces one harm against the other as he looks to his right. Behind him as a screen with a mysterious mountain scene, and next to him the Japanese lamp is decorated with bellflowers. It has been printed with beautiful  embossing, as have a number of other areas in the print, including his sash and collar This terrific series features actors in supernatural settings, playing well-known characters displaying their unique magical powers. It is appreciated for the extremely high quality of the printing.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Untrimmed and unbacked. Some minor wrinkles near edges.
Dimensions: ôban (39 cm x 26.5 cm)
Publisher: Hirano-ya
Signature: nanajû kyu sai Toyokuni hitsu (brush of Toyokuni at 79 years old)