Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

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The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the ghost of Seigen from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Ariwara no Narihira.The ghost is of the depraved priest Seigen who broke his vows of chastity by falling in love with Sakurahime (Princess Cherry Blossom), hence the cherry trees behind Seigen. He is expelled from the monastery and starves to death. Published by Iseya Kanekichi, 1852.

Very fine early impression with glue applied to the ghost’s eyes. Fine colour. Very small binding holes, otherwise very good condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.

Status: Sold

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