Kuniyoshi: Distracted Barber
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Distracted Barber
Series: Series of comic jôruri musical play (dôke jôruri zukushi)
“Jôruri music of old hachijô Shirokiya chapter” (Mukashino hachi jô Shiroki-ya no dan). A man reaches for a letter from a woman with one hand while tugging on the topknot of a kneeling customer. The customer has spilled a nearby tray. This must be the same scene that Yoshitoshi depicts in a diptych about 35 years later.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Hayashi-ya Shôgorô
Seal: censor’s seals: aratame & date 12th month of Rabbit year(1855)
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga