Kubi-hiki (tug-of-war)

Utagawa

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Unknown artist. Possibly Yokohama school but more likely Utagawa school. Kubi-hiki (tug-of-war). This is a single sheet from a Meiji Era triptych. Believed circa 1880s. HxW 14x9.25 inches. Oban tate-e. No date seal or other date indicator present on this sheet, thus almost certainly the center panel of the triptych. No signature or toshidama cartouche. Depicts three pairs of actors in costume. One actor in robe is decorated with bamboo and sparrows combined. The pairing of these two elements is used on the crest (mon) of the Date clan. Very Good Minus condition. Almost no wrinkles or soiling, very moderate fading. A few very small tears at the top, scarcely noticeable. Margins are trimmed. Unbacked although some very small tape remnants along top and bottom of back. Colors are a green wash to the lower field and an oxblood red sky. With red, black, gray, brownish-purple, especially to the costumes. olive drab, pinkish-red and reddish-brown, pale yellow and black. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Kubi-hiki (tug-of-war)
Illustrator: Utagawa
Book Condition: Very Good Minus
Edition: Presumed First Edition.

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