Kuniyoshi: Actor

Kuniyoshi: Honcho Tsunagoro and Lanterns

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Actor
Date: 1847-50

Scene from the kabuki drama “kokoro no nazo toketa iroito”: depicted is Honchô Tsunagorô by Nakamura Shikan. Tsunagorô was a close attendant of the Akagi Family but he became a rônin (lordless warrior) and looked for the family treasure of the shikishi poem sheet. Shikan is in travelling attire and posed with his right shoulder open, showing his red robe with a character ‘kan’ on a white eagle pattern. Two lanterns behind Tsunagorô are illustrated: (right) A crying boy points at the Six Famous Poets. The text says “The Six Famous Poets scolded me”. (left) A rônin warrior pulls out the sword and a piece of paper in his mouth. The text says “ona ? no nukimi” - “the posture of pulling out of the sword.”

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke
Seal: Mera Tai’ichiro and Murata
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga