Okoma of the Shirokiya

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi; A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures
Okoma of the Shirokiya, - Interesting scene from the play "Tsuyu kosode mukashi hachijo." The young beauty Okoma's widowed mother runs the Shirokoya lumber house, but needs to find her daughter a husband who can take over the business. She arranges a marriage for Okoma with a wealthy man, but Okoma is secretly in love with the man's head clerk, Chushichi. She proposes that the pair run away and commit lover's suicide, but Chushichi needs time to think, so when a traveling barber arrives, he agrees to have his hair done. The crooked barber comes up with a scheme to kidnap Okoma and ransom her, so that Chushichi can win favor by rescuing her. Here, the barber roughly combs Chushichi's hair while looking back over his shoulder. The clerk howls in pain, waving his hand as the barber tugs at his hair. Books and scrolls are hung on the wall and the barber's chest filled with scissors and combs rests on the floor nearby. Nicely detailed.
This is one panel of a diptych. 
Condition: Print color saturation and overall condition is very good. Margins as shown. No tears or holes. Print is not backed.
Date: 1886