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Ennosuke in the role of the exiled king and Tōzō in the role of warrior priest Kōku

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ennosuke in the role of the exiled king

and Tōzō in the role of warrior priest Kōku

by Ishii Hakutei, 1915

Inbanuma from the series Japan Scenery Prints, Set. 4: Shimōsa District
 
IHL Cat. #256

 
IHL Cat. #1483

About This Print

This print is one of seven small format prints created by Hakutei for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.

Appearing in issue three of the magazine, this print features the kabuki actors Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Nakamura Tōzō playing the roles of an exiled king and a disciple of Buddha, the warrior priest Koku, at the Bungaku-za Theater.

Ichikawa Ennosuke II was the stage name held by Kinoshi Masayasu (1888-1963) from October 1910 to April 1963 who also used the stage names Ichikawa En'ō and Ichikawa Danko I.  He was a revolutionary and dynamic actor, who created many new dances.1

The actor playing the warrior priest is likely Nakamura Tōzō V, a name used by the actor Ōtani Tomoemon VI from November 1911 to March 1920.  Ōtani Tomoemon VI was a talented and popular supporting tachiyaku, specialized in katakiyaku and oyajigata roles. He was a stage partner for the stars Onoe Kikugorō VI and Ichikawa Ennosuke II. 2

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

1 Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/eno1.php
2 Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/tomoemon6.php


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #256 and #1483
 Title  Ennosuke (猿之助) in the role of an exiled king (流離王) and Tōzō (東蔵) in the role of the warrior priest Kōku 好苦梵士).
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 3 新似顔 第一年参編
 Artist
 Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958)
 Signature
 Ishii Hakutei printed on bottom of magazine page print is affixed to
 Seal
"haku" seal upper right corner
 Date  1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - tipped to original magazine page; light toning
 Miscellaneous  title and artist name, appearing on bottom of presentation page
流離王 (猿之助)   好苦梵士 (猿之助)
石井柏亭 Ishii Hakutei
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints) nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  #256 and #1483: 7 5/16 x 4 11/16 in. (18.6 x 11.9 cm)
 H x W Image #256 and #1483: 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.5 x 10.8 cm)
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last revision:
11/19/2-18
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