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Sawamura Tosshō II, Bandō Sanpachi V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichimura Kakitsu IV [in the play Sandai Banashi Kōza no Shinsaku]

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sawamura Tosshō II, Bandō Sanpachi V,

Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichimura Kakitsu IV

[in the play

Sandai Banashi Kōza no Shinsaku]

by Utagawa Kunisada II, 1863

Kawarazaki Gonjūrō, Nakamura Ganpachi, Arashi Kangorō, Seki Sanjūrō III, Sawamura Tanosuke III, Nakamura Ichō and Bandō Hikosaburō V in the play Imayō Shuten Dōji

IHL Cat. #195

About This Print

This print shows the actors (from right to left) Sawamura Tosshō II in the role of Hiranoya Kōjirō 平野屋幸三郎, Bandō Sanpachi V in the role of Tōji's Student (Teiji) Kane 藤次弟子兼, Ichikawa Kodanji IV in the role of Wakokubashi Tōji 和国橋藤次 and Ichimura Kakitsu IV in the role of Pickpocket (Kinchakukiri) Takemon no Tora 巾着切竹門虎 in the play Sandai banashi kōza no shinsaku (三題咄高座新作) written by Kawatake Mokuami and performed in February 1863 at the Ichimura 市村 theatre in Edo.

Sandai banashi (also seen written as sandai hanashi) are “three-subject stories” and are considered a genre of rakugo.  Sanshotei Karaku, is credited with the invention of sandai banashi. A sandai banashi storytelling club was established in Edo the early 1860s allowing amateurs to participate alongside professionals.1

1 Rakugo: Japan’s Talking Art appearing in the journal Japan Echo Ozu Centennial Vol. 31, No. 2, April 2004


The Actors in the Print

For background on the actors Sawamura Tosshō II, Bandō Sanpachi V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, and Ichimura Kakitsu IV see their respective entries in the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #195
 Title Sawamura Tosshō II, Bandō Sanpachi V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV and Ichimura Kakitsu IV [in the play Sandai Banashi Kōza no Shinsaku at the Ichimura Theater]
 沢村訥升 (二代目), 坂東三八(五代目), 市川小団次 (四代目), 市村家橘 (四代目), 三題咄高座新作, 市村
 Series n/a
 Artist
 Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880)
 Signature
 国貞画 Kunisada ga inside red Toshidama 年玉枠 cartouche on each sheet
 Seal Toshidama
 Publication Date
1863 (Bunkyū 3 文久 3), 2nd month [note: seal is upside down, as placed on print]
 Publisher
Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (firm name Kinshōdō) [Marks: seal 21-228; pub. ref. 548]
 Carver
彫長 Horichō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - Three separate panels, not attached at seams and not backed. Several wormholes, one running through actor's face in right panel, repaired on verso.  Some slight fraying at edges.
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format Vertical Oban Triptych
 H x W Paper 14 x 9 1/2 (35.6 x 24.1 cm) each sheet
 Collections This Print The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 100-5971, 100-5972, 100-5970; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.22306-8

 Reference Literature
 


page revised 10/7/17

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