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Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon

[starring in a performance from the New Year drama Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu]

by Utagawa Kunisada II, 1865

Jōruri Chūshingura Nidan me Sannin Yakko from the play Chushingura Sugata no Eawase

IHL Cat. #954

About This Print

This print shows the actors (from right to left) Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Ukiyo Tohai (浮世戸平), Ichikawa Danzō VI (市川団蔵) as Rokuji Namuemon (六字南無右衛門) and Ichimura Kakitsu IV (市村家橘) as Nozarashi Gosukei (野ざらし吾助) in a performance from the New Year drama Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu staged at the Ichimura-za on January 29, 1865 (1st lunar month of 1865.)

It is likely that a number of plays and dances comprised the entire performance of Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu and the Ritsumeikan Art Research Center identifies this scene as the "second prologue" (二番目序幕) of the performance.  For another print depicting part of the January 29, 1865 peformance of Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu see this collection's print Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu by Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904).

The characters in this play can also be found in a number of other plays.  In the left panel, Danzō's robe with skulls on the sleeves identifies him as the otokodate Nozarashi Gosukei. 


The background text contains the actors' lines in the performance.  The identity of who is speaking is shown by the use of a square (for Bandō Hikosaburō V), a circle (for Ichimura Kakitsu IV) and a triangle (for Ichikawa Danzō VI.)  Note that the actors' names appearing in the upper right of the print are shown in the order they speak, not the order they appear in the triptych.1

1 The MFA, Boston reverses the actors in the left and center panels, due to the incorrect assumption that the order of the actors names in the upper right hand corner corresponds to their right to left appearance in the triptych, rather than to their speaking order.

Another Version of this Print
The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University has another state of this print in its collection.  It uses the same blocks for the figures but removes the background dialogue that appears in this collection's print.  The scripted writing in the below print provides the identify of the actors and their roles.
Title: right panel 「うきよとへい ばんたう彦三郎」; center panel 「六じ南無右衛門 市かはたん蔵」;
left panel 「野さらし吾すけ 市むらかきつ」
Artist: 国貞〈2〉
Play's title: 鶴千歳曽我門松 つるのちとせそがのかどまつ
The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 101-0418, 0419, 0420


The Actors in the Print

For background on the actors Bandō Hikosaburō V, Ichimura Kakitsu IV and Ichikawa Danzō VI see their respective entries in the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #954
 Title The actors Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai,  Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon [starring in a performance from the New Year drama Tsuru no chitose Soga no kadomatsu]
[浮世戸平 坂東彦三郎」「野ざらし吾助 市村家橘」「六字南無右衛門 市川団蔵」
 鶴千歳曽我門松
 Series n/a
 Artist
 Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880)
 Signature
Baichōrō Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 梅蝶楼国貞画
 Seal Toshidama in red ink under the signature
 Publication Date
1865 (Genji 2/Keiō 1), 2nd month
 丑二改 sign of the ox 2 aratame
January 29, 1865

 Publisher
Iseya Kanekichi 伊勢屋 兼吉, seal reading 吉 Kichi、伊勢兼 Isekane [Marks: seal 21-059; pub. ref. 145]
 Carver
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - three separate panels; lightly backed; minor soiling
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper right sheet: 14 1/8 x 9 1/2 (35.9 x 24.1 cm); center sheet 14 1/8 x 9 1/2 (35.9 x 24.1 cm); left sheet 14 1/8 x 9 1/4 (35.9 x 23.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-5843, 201-5844, 201-5845; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.38729a-c; Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University arcUP0148, UP0149, UP0150; Tokyo Metropolitan Library M246-1-2(1,2,3); Biblioteca Digital Hispanica  Biblioteca Nacional De Espana binp0000280567

 Reference Literature
 

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