Kunisada: Tattooed Actor with Eagle Kimono
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Tattooed Actor with Eagle Kimono
The actor Bando Hikosaburo V as Samezaya Shiroza, Comparable to Lin Zhong. From the series “A contemporary Water Margin: Pine, Bamboo, and Plum.” Samezaya Shiroza grasps his sword hilt with his right hand, tattoo designs of waves and blossoms forming a contrast to the green kimono with an enormous eagle that is wrapped around him. Although this is a single sheet print, complete with cartouche, it also forms a triptych with two other works from this series.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Discoloration lower right corner.
Dimensions: ôban Pentaptych
Publisher: Hayashiya Shogoro
Literature: See “Tattoos in Japanese Prints” by Sarah E. Thompson (2017), number 15, page 68.
Signature: Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga