Kunisada, Kabuki Scene with Three Figures

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III (1786-1865) Kabuki Scene with Three Figures, ca. 1852. Oban triptych.

A companion to the previous piece, we cannot identify the play or the actors. Nevertheless a fine kabuki triptych. Three actors against a backdrop of cherry trees perform a comic dance. The figure to the left is cavorting with a drum while the centre figure attempts to snare him with a mallet used for making rice cakes.  The action bears a striking similarity to the dance Awa-Mochi, a rice cake popular during the Edo period. A beautiful print in perfect condition.

Three oban sheets attached at seams, backed onto Japanese paper and with a decorative border. As above, the impression, colour and condition are all excellent. Fine oxidation to the kimono of the right hand figure carrying a butterfly net.