////Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). The Stars, from the series ‘Moon, Sun, Stars’ / Fan print, c. 1850.

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). The Stars, from the series ‘Moon, Sun, Stars’ / Fan print, c. 1850.

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada [歌川 国貞] a.k.a. Utagawa Toyokuni III [三代歌川豊国] (Japanese, 1786 – 1865).

Signed: Ōju Toyokuni ga [応需豊国画], in a toshidama cartouche.

Double nanushi censor seals: Mera & Murata (1846-50).

Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei [小嶋屋重兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1797 – 1869).

A beautiful woman, possibly a kabuki actor Iwai Hanshirō VIII [岩井半四郎] (Iwai Shijaku II, Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎], Iwai Hisajirō II, Japanese, 1829 – 1882), tuning the samisen on a veranda under the shining stars.

The complete set of series Moon, Sun, Stars [月日星] (tsuki-hi-hoshi/boshi),  three sources of light (sankō) [三光]:

SKU: SVJP-0211-3.2016 Categories: ,

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