Kuniyoshi: Chapter 13, Akashi
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Chapter 13, Akashi
Series: Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)
The actor Bandô Shuka I as O-Hatsu in the play Kagamiya Kokyo no Nishiki-e (The Women’s Chushingura). Here Kuniyoshi has taken the tack of showing the viewer the story as if watching it happen rather than the view from the audience at a kabuki theater. The scene is set; a sliver moon peeks through clouds above O-Hatsu, the loyal attendant to the court lady Onoe. She has been carrying a sealed letter box for her mistress, and here is the moment of truth where she discovers the contents; a sandal and her mistress’s suicide letter.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: Robinson S45.13.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga