In Accordance with the Pleasure of the Publisher, Based on the Old Pic – Handmade Japanese ArtWorks

In Accordance with the Pleasure of the Publisher, Based on the Old Picture of Shelter from the Rain

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Comments - Wonderful kabuki scene of actors as travelers seeking shelter from the rain under the spreading branches of a tree. The design is loosely based on a similar genre scene by the artist Hanabusa Itcho, who died in 1724. Two religious pilgrims crouch at left, a string of prayer slips tied around their necks. Behind them a man peers out from underneath a lion dance costume. In the center a monkey trainer squats with his animal perched on his back. A musician stands behind him resting a shamisen over his shoulder as a samurai in a black robe runs up from the right. Three of the actors are Otani Hiroemon V, Matsumoto Kinsho I, Iwai Kumesaburo III. A fantastic look at the various classes of old Edo brought together for a moment during a rainstorm. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.

Image Size - 29 1/4" x 14 1/4"

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Three panels attached at the seams. Backed with old paper. Some light toning at edges. Folded near seams for storage. A couple creases in subject, some separation and loss at seams repaired from reverse. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

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