Kunisada: Water: Actor with knife in his teeth
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Water: Actor with knife in his teeth
Series: The Relations of the Elements Represented in Hit Plays (Atari mitate gogyô sôkoku)
Water: The Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ushiwaka Denji. He holds what looks like a kitchen knife in his teeth as he squeezes the water from his blue robe. The robe is printed in a soft blue pattern that does bring water to mind. The white of his form contrasts strongly against the dark grey background.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: See MFA website for all five works.
Signature: Toyokuni ga