Kunisada: Jiraiya Holding a Compass (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Jiraiya Holding a Compass
Date: 1852

Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Jitsumu Shonin Jiraiya, and Arashi Rikan III as Takasago Yuminosuke. Jiraiya looks up at the stars as he holds a navigational aid (compass?) or perhaps geomantic aid as Tasago holds up an inro with a netsuke in the shape of a frog. The frog is relevant because Jiraiya is best known for his Frog Magic. Scarce design.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban Diptych
Publisher: Kogaya Katsugorô
Literature: See MFA website.
Seal: Carver Hori Takichi
Signature: Toyokuni ga