Hirosada, Scene from Act II of Kiyome no Funauta

Konishi Hirosada (ca 1810 - 1864)  A scene from Act II of Kiyome no Funauta, 1851. Deluxe Chuban Triptych.

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A stunning Osaka triptych; beautiful jewel-like colours and deep embossing in places. The scene here is from a kabuki drama the plot of which is lost. This is so often the case in the Osaka theatre where there are fewer records than in Edo theatres. What we do know is that the scene has the actors, Mimasu Daigoro IV as Konishi Yajuro (on the right), Nakayama Nanshi II as the Daughter (Musume) Otsuyu (in the centre), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fukami Katsugoro (on the left sheet), in Act II of Kiyome no Funauta ('An Innocent Courtesan and a Sailor’s Song'). The bulk of the play concerns historical events surrounding the figure of Kato Kiyomasa.

A beautiful piece of work, colour varies between sheets as is common, otherwise the sheets are unbacked, full size and in very good condition. Colour and impression are very fine.

A copy of the print is in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

55 x 25 cm.