Yoshitaki: Fierce battle scene
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Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899)

A fierce battle scene in the castle of Kôriyama. The daimyô of Kôriyama province, Honda Naiki (Dainaiki), stands with a lance in his hand in front of a wall painting depicting a wild tiger, watching the fight between his retainer Karaki Masaemon and Sakurada Rinzaemon.
Scene from a popular Igagoe drama (Revenge at Iga Pass), based on a historical incident from 1634.

The roles and their actors: Honda Naiki: Bandô Hikosaburô V (right) - Sakurada Rinzaemon: Nakamura Nakasuke II (centre) - Karaki Masaemon: Arashi Kichisaburô III (left).
The performance took place in the 8th month of 1860 at the Naka Theatre in Osaka.

Title/Drama: Keisei homare no sukedachi 契情誉の両刀

Signature: Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki ga (right) and Yoshitaki ga.

Date: 8th month, 1860

Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Chûban triptych, overall 24,6 x 53,2 cm

Excellent impression and colours, with burnishing, embossing and metal pigments. The three sheets mounted together, with original album backing, leporello folds, vertical creases in the right sheet. Folds a little open at the top, one with a little loss of paper. Minor soiling and stains. Overall very good condition.
Rarely seen early work by Yoshitaki. Cf. Hankyu Bunka Archive, 中Y209-01/-02/-03

€ 480,-