Kunisada: Shiranui MonogatariKunisada: Shiranui Monogatari
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865)

Princess Wakana-hime holding an open handscroll; she is sitting on a giant spider, floating on a cloud over the sea. Swimming in the waves, the fisherman (ryôshi) Nadazô clasps the young Nanakusa Shirô Toshitada (七草四郎年正), who is carrying a skull in his mouth and a large bronze temple bell overhead.
From a small series of dramatical scenes that was published on the occasion of the kabuki stage première of the dramatized version of the popular novel „Shiranui Monogatari“.

Title: Shiranui monogatari - shohen no zumô (The Tale of Shiranui – first part)

Signature: Toyokuni ga

Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijirô (Fujikei, Shorindô)

Censors: Fuku, Muramatsu

Date: 5/1853

Size: Horizontal Oban, 26 x 35,9 cm (paper size)

Fine impression in excellent colours. Margins with only minor trimming, lower margin with fold; minimal soiling and small stains. Lower margin verso paper reinforced. Overall very good to excellent condition of this unusual and rare image.

Cf. MFA Boston, Inv. Nr. 2009.5007.21