Kunisada - Ryûsei
Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (1786-1864)
Scene: Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Weaver (Shokujo), One of the Paired Stars (Futatsuboshi no sei) (Left), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Night-crawling Star (Yobaiboshi no sei) (Center), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Cowherd (Kengyû), One of the Paired Stars (Right)
(A Falling Star)
In myth, the heavenly shepherd boy and celestial weaver maid only can meet once a year. They no longer are united than a falling star, or ryûsei appears with an urgent report, which actually turns out to be the story of marital discord in the family of the thunder god living in a poor tenement in heaven. The highlight of this dance is this story with the dancer changing instantly from role to role playing the thunder god, his angry wife, his little son and the elderly thunder goddess from next door who tries to break up the fight.
Play: Jitsugetsusei Chûya no Oriwake (Ryûsei)
Signed: Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Size: 13 3/8 x 9 1/2"
Japanese woodblock print
Very good color and impression, minor soiling, light trimming, binding holes