Discovery of a Fox Disguised as a Beauty, circa 1844 - 1846

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Discovery of a Fox Disguised as a Beauty, circa 1844 - 1846 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Discovery of a Fox Disguised as a Beauty, circa 1844 - 1846

Comments - Incredible kabuki triptych from the legendary tale of Lady Tamamo no mae, a beautiful palace lady-in-waiting. After the twelfth-century Emperor Toba fell in love with her, he became increasingly ill. His astrologer discovered that she was actually an evil nine-tailed fox, who had been causing the emperor's sickness. Here, the beauty's secret is revealed when a priest holds a mirror up to her, revealing a fox in the reflection. The astonished priest tumbles backwards in surprise as a procession of foxes appears in the ray of reflected light. The foxes wear gray kimono and carry a variety of tools and weapons, including hoes and rakes, bows and pole arms. The beauty's long flowing hair trails over her shoulders, a sorrowful expression on her face. A samurai kneels at left, gripping his bow with one hand and several arrows with the other. A fantastic supernatural subject with terrific detail and fine shading.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 28"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical centerfold in center panel. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Discovery of a Fox Disguised as a Beauty, circa 1844 - 1846 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Discovery of a Fox Disguised as a Beauty, circa 1844 - 1846 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)