Kunisada: Nakamura Shikan IV and Giant Rat (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Nakamura Shikan as Toba-e no Masuroku and Giant Rat
The kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Toba-e no Masuroku, who looks rather perplexed as he gazes stage right, his informal robe hanging open and hand on his head. Behind him an actor in a rat costume places a paw on his neck, seemingly unseen by Masuroku. There is terrific blindprinting on the rat’s costume, mimicking the texture of fabric. From the (shosagoto/dance-drama) play Kikkô Dengo Shiki no Kumiito, staged at the Morita theater in 1860. One feels that this must be a rather lighthearted, amusing scene.
Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition. Unbacked. Small stain near rat’s paw.
Dimensions: 36.5 x 25.2
Publisher: Shimizuya Tsunejiro
Signature: Toyokuni ga