Oban Tate-e, 14.25 by 9.75 inches
Margins trimmed, otherwise fine.
Fine, with mica and urushi-e embellishment.
From the 'de-luxe' first state printing. For this series, the publisher used the finest materials, thick hosho paper and specially mixed inks. The printing quality is extraordinary and incorporates raised printing, burnishing, metallic embellishment, mica and gofun. The effect is quite breathtaking and imparts an almost three-dimensional quality to the images.
A Contest of Magic Scenes
From the series, Toyokuni kigo kijutsu kurabe. The actors Ichikawa Ichizo III and Nakamura Momosa II in the roles of Kikuchi Kojumaru and Kokuchi Kojumaru