Kuniyoshi: Chapter 52, Kagerô

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: Chapter 52, Kagerô
Series: Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)
Date: 1845-46

The actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII pauses in composing a letter, grasping the nearby brazier in one hand, brush in his mouth; perhaps he senses trouble? He wears voluminous robes to portray the sumo wrestler Akitsushima. In inset are images of dragonflies, which the Japanese consider symbols of courage and strength. This may be a scene from the play “Sekitori Nidai no Shobuzuke”.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Iseya Ichibei
Literature: Robinson S45.52.
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga