Kuniyoshi: Chapter 17, E-Awase (Picture Contest)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Chapter 17, E-Awase (Picture Contest)
Series: Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)
Yaegagki-hime gazes towards the portrait her betrothed, Takeda Katsuyori. She burns a special incense “Returning Soul”, hoping to retrieve his spirit. She does not yet realize that the real Katsuyori is not dead, but only his body double, who was forced to commit ritual suicide. Yaegaki-hime later saves the day by crossing the frozen Lake Suwa with the aid of magic foxes to guarantee a happy ending.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: Robinson S45.17. See also “Heroes of the kabuki stage” (Herwig), figure 20.3, page 221.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga