A beautiful scene from the kabuki play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki," based on the true story of the contested Date Clan succession in the 17th century. The loyal nursemaid Masaoka has been charged with protecting young Tsuruchiyo, heir to the clan, who is in danger of being poisoned. Here, Masaoka scatters feed for the sparrows fluttering about the verandah, her son Senmatsu is standing with a birdcage on the left. Tsuruchiyo sits on a cushion at right, smiling as he watches. A stand at left holds tea ceremony implements, which Masaoka uses to cook the prince's meager rations as she keeps him safe in the women's quarters of the palace. The room is handsomely detailed with blue panels patterned with bamboo and featuring fine reed blind insets and elegant lacquer furniture. Excellent impression and colours, overal in good condition with the three sheets joined & backed with paper. Vertical fold near right edge of left panel. One tiny wormhole, repaired, blends in well.