Kunisada: Frog Magic: Ma for Masakado (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Frog Magic: Ma for Masakado
Series: Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)
The Syllable Ma for Masakado: The actors Iwai Kumesaburô II as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuki I as Otaku Tarô. We see a giant toad conjured up from behind these two. She is dressed in a robe decorated with spiderwebs and perhaps the batlike monster known as the nobusuma. There is mica in the black at the top of the design. A very early impression, there is woodgrain evident in the grey block and there is blindprinting in the white of the actors’ robes.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Minor binding holes left margin.
Dimensions: ôban (35.9 x 24.8 cm)
Signature: Toyokuni ga