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Haiyū mitate asahi shō gun'ei chū no zu

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Ichikawa Danjūrō, Onoe Kikugorō

and Nakamura Fukusuke

in Haiyū mitate asahi shō gun'ei chū no zu

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1887

Kataoka Gadō, Nakamura Fukusuke and Iwai Matsunosuke in Hibariyama koma tsunagi matsu

IHL Cat. #801

About This Print

The three actors (R to L) Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the role of Tomoe gozen, Onoe Kikugorō V as Yoshinaka, named the "asahi general" by Emperor Go-daigo, and Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Yamabuki gozen in the play Haiyū mitate Asahi shō gun'ei chū no zu.

While I can find no information on this play, its characters are drawn from the Tale of Heike which tells the story of Minamoto no Yoshinaka and Tomoe gozen, the famous woman warrior of the Genpei Wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans.

Source: The Tale of the Heike, Helen Craig McCullough, Stanford University Press, 1988, p. 291. 
Kiso no Yoshinaka had brought with him from Shinano two female attendants, Tomoe and Yamabuki. Yamabuki had fallen ill and stayed at the capital. Of the two, Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill;; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors. Thus she was now one of the seven who remained after all the others had fled or perished.

The Actors Pictured 

For information on the actors see the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #801
 Title (Description) Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the role of Tomoe gozen, Onoe Kikugorō V as Yoshinaka and Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Yamabuki gozen in the play Haiyū mitate asahi shō gun'ei chū no zu
巴御前 [9]市川団十郎, 義仲 [5]尾上菊五郎, 山吹御前 [4]中村福助
俳優見立 旭将軍營中図
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature
ōju Toyohara Kunichika hitsu 応需豊原国周筆
 Seal  red Toshidama seal beneath signature 年玉印
 Publication Date
1887 御届明治廿年 月 日 (date delivered for approval)

 Publisher
三宅半四郎 Miyake Hanshirō [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 338]

 Carver
彫弥太 Hori Yata; seal of the carver 渡辺 弥太郎 Watanabe Yotarō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - full-size separate sheets; unbacked; light toning; wrinkling throughout; horizontal folds fright seet
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous

 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 right sheet: 14 9/16 x 9 1/2 in. (37 x 24.1 cm) 
 center sheet: 14 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (36.8 x 24.4)
 left sheet: 14 5/16 x 9 11/16 in. (36.4 x 24.6)
 H x W Image right sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/2 in. (36 x 24.1 cm)
 center sheet: 14 x 9 7/16 in. (35.6 x 24 cm)
 left sheet: 14 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (36.5 x 23.5 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 007-1762, 007-0163, 007-0164; Ritsumeikan ARC AcNo. MMS125_01-03  CoGNo. MMS125; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library K915-108-026-008
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