Kunisada: Cat Witch and Lotus Flower
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Cat Witch and Lotus Flower
Actor portrait of Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Mizuki Tatsuyo, the Cat Witch. The furry paw with giant claws is a nice touch, and the hair on the wig has been very expertly carved and printed. Inset is the actor Onoe Kikugorô III next to a detail of a lotus flower. He seems to be looking down in the portrait signed “Gengyo”. From the play “Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki”, performed at the Ichimura-ya theater.
Condition: Excellent impression, and color; very good condition. Minor soiling bottom left corner.
Publisher: Minatoya Kohei
Literature: See MFA website.
Seal: Blockcutter: Horikô Ryûzô
Signature: Toyokuni ga