The Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (1810-1863) as Kumokiri Nizaemon, from the series "Thieves in Designs of the Time"
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Color woodblock print on paper
14 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (36.8 x 25.1 cm)
Censor seal, engraver's seal, publisher's seal.
Artist's signature: Toyokuni ga (red cartouche, lower left)
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Page from the series entitled "Jidai Mo Iu Ataru Shiranami" in Japanese series ("Notorious Thieves of the Day").
The thief Kumokiri Nin Sayeimon (?) shown seated on a wood chest with a smoking pipe in his mouth, a tabacco pouch in his right hand and his left hand drawn across his chest to hold a tie-dyed cloth at the back of his neck. The figure is dressed in a short dark coat with a design of a rampant dragon and wears thongs on his feet.
Condition: Good. Needed to be rematted, but was rematted on 6/1/79.
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