Kunisada: Battledore (Hagoita) Portrait with handle
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Battledore (Hagoita) Portrait with handle
The actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Tenjiku Tokubei. This work features exceptionally fine printing, with hairs that are as fine as human hairs, gauffrage and other luxury printing techniques. The actor is portrayed on a hagoita, or battledore, and to the side we see the shuttlecock, whose feathers also feature blindprinting. What is exceptional about this work is that the printed and attached handle is still intact after so many decades.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Hiranoya Shinzô
Literature: See Edo Tokyo Museum website for another example with the handle intact: https://ukiyo-e.org/image/etm/0191220410
Signature: nanaju hachi sai Toyokuni hitsu