Kuniyoshi: Chapter 2, Hahakigi (Broom Tree)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Chapter 2, Hahakigi (Broom Tree)
Series: Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)
Kuzunoha, her hands (now pawlike) obscured by her sleeves and holding a towel in her mouth (making it more foxlike), peers over a screen at her sleeping son. Her shadow on the screen betrays her true identity as a fox-woman. Once her identity as a fox-woman is discovered, she must leave her family and go to live again as a fox in the Shinoda forest.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: Robinson S45.2. See Herwig’s “Heroes of the kabuki stage” for story, page 128.
Seal: Censor’s: Murata Heiemon (single seal 1842-46)
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga