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Lot 402: UTAGAWA KUNIYOSHI 歌川国芳 (1798 - 1861)
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
32nd chapter Umegae (Plum Branch, 梅が枝). Hayakawa Takakage and Yadahei. Original color woodblock print from the series “Ukiyo-e Comparisons with the Cloudy Chapters of the Genji Novel“ (Genji kumo ukiyoe awase, 源氏雲浮世画合), published around 1845/46. Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Seal: Kiri. Publisher: Iseya Ichibei. Censor seal: Nanushi seal Murata.
Scene from the Kabuki play “Yayoi sakura hisago no makubari“. Because it was forbidden to reveal the real names of the persons adapted from historical events, easily recognizable pseudonyms were used in theater in order to comply with laws. Behind Hayakawa Takakage, Daimyo is hidden by Chikuzen, Kobayakawa Takakage.
OBAN 36,3 x 23,7 CM
From a Viennese private collection