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Sawamura Tosshō II as Gennosuke and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Orie (Otoshi)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sawamura Tosshō II as Gennosuke and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Orie (Otoshi)

(in the play Hana ayame katami ezoshi)

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1870


IHL Cat. #760

About This Print

Large-head portraits (ōkubi-e) of the actors Sawamura Tosshō II 沢村訥升(二代目) in the role of Sasaki Gennosuke 源之助 (right panel) and Sawamura Tanosuke III 沢村田之助(三代目) in the role of Orie おりえ(the role can also be read as Otoshi) (left panel) in the play Hana ayame katami ezoshi performed in May 1870 at Tokyo's Morita theater.

It is rare to see an ōkubi-e diptych by the artist.

About the Play Hana ayame katami ezoshi

I cannot find any English language information on this play, but I did come across the below playbill from Tokyo's Morita-ya listing this play along with other pieces to be performed on a May 11, 1870.

Source: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

The Actors Pictured

For background on the actors Sawamura Tosshō II and Sawamura Tanosuke III see their respective entries in the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #760
 Title (Description) The actors Sawamura Tosshō II 沢村訥升」(二代目) in the role of Gennosuke 源之助 and  Sawamura Tanosuke III 沢村田之助」(三代目) in the role of Orie おりえ(the role being played also can be read as Otoshi) in the play Hana ayame katami ezoshi 花菖紀念画双紙 (はなあやめかたみえぞうし)
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Ōju Kunichika hitsu 応需国周筆 with toshidama seal
 Seal  Toshidama seal below signature
 Publication Date
May 1870
 Publisher
Ōhashiya Yashichi 大橋屋 弥七; Ōhashi seal [Marks: seal 20-038; publisher ref. 404]
 Carver
Horii Toshi?matsu ホリ齢松
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition good - full-size, thin backing; soiling primarily visible in actors faces and margins.
 Genre  ukiyo-e; ōkubi-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban diptych
 H x W Paper
 left sheet: 14 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (35.9 x 23.2 cm)
 right sheet: 14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in (35.9 x 24.1 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.16149VR Diptych: 11.16149 (right), 11.16356 (left); Tokyo Metropolitan Library N190-012裏-04(01), (02)

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