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Edo Period, Kabuki, Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Toyokuni III, Fox, Myth

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Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1865) Title: Abe no Yasuna and the White Fox Woman (Kuzunoha) Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro Date: 1847-1852 Dimensions: (L) 24.3 x 36 (C) 25.3 x 36.1 (R) 25.1 x 36.5 cm The play, 'Abe no Yasuna and the White Fox Woman', also known as Kuzunoha, is deeply rooted in Japanese myth and retells the events of a popular legend on the kabuki stage. After the nobleman Abe no Yasuna saves a fox from a hunter, he encounters an alluring young lady on his way back home. The woman eventually becomes his wife and bears him a son, Abe no Semei, who will later be recognized as a renowned diviner of the imperial court. Yet, the happy family is soon separated when it is revealed that Abe no Yasuna's wife is actually the fox he saved in human form. Once their true identity is discovered, a magical fox must return to their domain. Before she goes, the fox leaves her family some poignant words of parting: "If you love me, darling, come and see me - you will find me yonder in the great wood of Shinoda in Izumi Province, where arrowroot leaves always rustle in a pensive mood".

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  • Creator
    Utagawa Toyokuni III (Artist)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1847-1852
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Faint stain right of outer panels. Slight tears and small hole right side of centre panel. Some pinholes. Trimmed.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 14.38 in. x W 29.41 in. x D 0.04 in.H 36.5 cm x W 74.7 cm x D 1 mm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    JG091867
  • Reference Number
    LU2404313476482
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