Yoshitoshi: Nikki Danjo and Rat Magic (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Nikki Danjo and Rat Magic
Date: 1866

Mezumi no irodori sampukutski. Famous kabuki scene where the retainer Otokonosuke (right) has tried to capture a bad rat and has hit the rat on the head. Then the rat reappears as Nikki Danjo with a scar on his forehead, as he had transformed himself into a rat to get some important document to the villains in the story. Nikki Danjo, the magician is shown left, with the scroll in his mouth, the hand mudra and a cloud of smoke. He usually sits atop a giant rat, but here is wreathed in clouds of smoke, wonderfully done, with just the grey outlines of his lower robe appearing through the smoke.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban diptych
Literature: Not listed in Keyes.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi hitsu