mg0239-Kunimasa: Tower Gate - Sanmon Gosan no Kiri-japanese-woodblock-print

Kunimasa: Tower Gate - Sanmon Gosan no Kiri

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Kunimasa IV (Kunisada III)

Fantastic and unusual vertical diptych from the kabuki play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri (樓門五山桐), or The Golden Gate and the Paulownia Crest, written by Namiki Gohei I, and first performed in 1778. Note the reflection in the water. Goemon Ishikawa is played by Danjuro Ichikawa. Hisakichi Mashiba is played by Sadanji Ichikawa. The artist's surname was Kunisada III, who was active as Kunimasa IV and took the name Kunisada III in 1887.

Date: 1886

Condition: Great color and impression. Backed, not glued together, some damage and stains. 

Publisher: Kobayashi Shinkichiha