Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with red toshidama seal
Color woodblock print; ink on paper; oban tat-e.
Rakugo ("humorous storytelling") is shown in the circular scene, with the narrator seated on a stage before an audience of young and old. A wall poster suggests that this is the famous Enshi Danshuro (1838-1900) who was popular for his tales based on puppet and kabuki plays. The woman in the foreground appears to be crocheting with multi-colored cords, but also thinking of something - perhaps a recent performance of rakugo. In another print from this series, a woman is reading a kabuki fan magazine, and the villain Nikki Danjo appears in the oculus.
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