Kunisada: Jiraiya Fighting on a Roof Diptych
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Fight on a Roof
Date: 1852 (Rat 8th month)
From left, the actors Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Ogata Jiraiya and Arashi Rikan as Takasago Yuminosuke. From the play: Jiraiya goketsu monogatari. With deluxe printing details, including mica on the roof tiles and laquer-like printing on the black fur robe. Jiraiya holds his head as if from a blow. While Jiraiya holds a sword, his opponent seems to only hold a practice staff; he is a high ranking officer in the shogunate. Jiraiya is best known as a master of Frog Magic, but we see no hint of that in this scene.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban Diptych
Publisher: Maruya Kiyojirô
Literature: L50,p 17, ritsu 006-0921,006-0922
Seal: Kinugasa, Murata
Signature: Toyokuni ga