Shigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-sceneShigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-scene
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Shigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-sceneShigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-scene
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Shigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-sceneShigeharu: The famous sashi-kago-scene
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Ryûsai Shigeharu (1803-1853)

The famous sashi-kago (lifting the palanquin) scene from the Kabuki play “Ashiya Dôman oûchi kagami“:Two strong yakko (foot-soldiers) are lifting the palanquin (kago) with Kuzunoha, the fox woman. On top of the scene fire-flames are darting in the night sky, a sign of the presence of fox demons.

The actors and their roles: Nakamura Utaemon II as Yakko Yakanbei (right), Arashi Rikan II as Yakko Yokanbei (left), and Sawamura Kunitaro II as Kuzunoha in her travelling dress (middle sheet). This performance was staged in 1830 in the Kado theatre in Osaka.

Signature: Gyokuryûtei Shigeharu ga

Publisher: Honsei, Ôsaka

Date: 1830

Size: Oban Triptych, 36,4 x 73,2 cm total

Excellent impression and colours. Three separate sheets, unbacked. Lateral margins partially slightly trimmed, weak vertical fold-lines alongside margins. Minimal soiling. A small expertly made paper restoration in lower side margin of middle sheet. One small worm hole in left margin. Overall very nice condition. A rare Kamigata triptych.

Cf. MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. No. 11.36204a-c. See also: Theatre Prints from the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 4 – Actor Prints in the former period I, p. 88, Ill. No. 443

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