Kunisada: Ra is for Raigô, the Rat Priest

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Ra is for Raigô, the Rat Priest
Series: Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)
Date: 1856

The Syllable Ra for Raigô the Rat Priest: The Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Shimizu Kaja Yoshitaka. We see Yoshitaka positioning his hands into a magical mudra. Above him appears a nebulous giant rat, here very subtly printed in this early impression. Yoshitaka wears a costume with a dragon clutching a jewel that seems to lie across his shoulders.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Minor binding holes left margin.
Dimensions: ôban (35.9 x 24.8 cm)
Publisher: Eikyûdô
Signature: Toyokuni ga