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SSeries: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2021PRWS007

Title (Original): バンド・シュカ11歳の強盗「トゾク」日丸大空
Title: bandoshka I1 toshi no kyoto " tozok " himaru oozora
Translated Title: Bando Shuka I in the role of robber “Tozoku” Hitomaru Oroku

Artist (Original): 豊国III /国貞(1786 – 1864) 

Artist:  Toyokuni III / Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1864)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Toyokuni
Seal: Unknown
Publisher (Original):
Publisher: Maru-Jin
Engraver: Unknown
Censor: Aratame
Publication Date: 1854 

Acquisition Date: 05 / 07 / 2021

artelino GmbH

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban tate-e. 36 x 24.6 cm

Condition: Very good. Slight creases. Slight soiling. Light water stain on the upper right. Paper attached along the right edge.

Kabuki actor Bando Shuka I is in the role of robber “Tozoku” Hitomaru Oroku (left) sitting on a large storage chest. Her assistant Shimagakure no Kan (played by Arashi Kangoro I) is holding her long tobacco pipe in the play, “Azuma Kudari Goju-san Tsugi” performed at the Kawarazaki Theatre.



Provenance: Fuji Arts Inc. Suite B, 320 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA.
Lot No: 925563


Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 13 ¾  x 19 3/8 (inches)

Price Paid: USD $ 135.00   AUD $ 175.00
Insurance Value October 2021: AUD $ 550.00
Condition: Excellent detail. Two attached panels, backed with paper. A few holes along and slight separation at ends of horizontal centrefold (repaired). A few creases.

Great kabuki scene from the tale of Omatsu, the female bandit of Kasamatsu Pass. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder at Natsume Shirozaburo, who cradles a baby to his chest. He waves a hand at her dismissively as he turns his head away, frowning angrily. The beauty wears a black kimono patterned with pine branches over a kimono that has red insets featuring skulls and bones, and a suit of armour. A burnished black lacquer makeup chest with a mirror top rests on the floor at left, while the alcove at upper right holds a flower arrangement and a hanging scroll of what might be Omatsu herself. From left, the actors are Bando Shuka I and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII. Nice expressive figures in a handsome detailed interior setting, with burnishing on the black lacquer chest and mirror.





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