Kunisada: Nikki Danjo and Rat Magic Kabuki Triptych 仁木弾正 (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Title: Ichikawa Komazo VII as Nikki Danjo, Onoe Kikugoro IV as Tsubone Masaoka and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Matonosuke.
Date: 1855

The evil magician Nikki Danjo has conjured rat magic to steal a scroll, and he rises up in a cloud using a magical mudra, stolen scroll in his mouth at left. In the middle is Masaoka, holding a lantern while to the right Matonosuke manages to strike a pose while fighting three, life-sized rats with spears. The name of the play is Konoshita Kage Masago no Date-zome, which played at the Ichimura theater in 1855..  The actors shown are Nakamura Fukusuke I as Matsugae Matonosuke (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Tsubone Masaoka (C), and Ichikawa Komazô VII as Nikki Danjô (L). Beautifully printed, with deluxe printing effects that include mica in the sky and and extra pattern printed with a burnished effect on Danjo’s robe and lacquer-imitating effects on the black areas. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. 
Dimensions: ôban triptych (37.8 x 76.5 cm)

Signature: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Literature: See the MFA Boston collection for their example (in inferior condition).