Horse and Ram from the series Haiyū mitate jūnishi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Horse and Ram

from the series Haiyū mitate jūnishi 

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1869

IHL Cat. #568

About This Print

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji 市川 左団次 in the role of Shimo no Kunitarō とふげ下の国太郎 on the right (matched with the sign of the horse 午 ) and the actor Sawamura Tosshō II 沢村 訥升 in the role of samurai Sanshichirō Nobutaka あしかゞ三七郎信孝 on the left (matched with the sign of the ram 未, despite the presence of a horse's snout and mouth over his shoulder.)

Sawamura's robe, seemingly solid black, reveals its pattern when angled to the light
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A Variant Printing

The Actors Pictured

For information on the actors pictured in this print see The Kabuki Actor.

The Six Prints in the Series

Rat 子 and Ox 丑
The actors Nakamura Shikan IV and Bandō Mitsugurō

Monkey 申 and Bird 酉
The actors Sawamura Tosshō II and Sawamura Tanosuke III

  Dog 戌 and Boar 亥
The actors Nakamura Shikan IV  and Onoe Kikugorō V
Dragon and Snake from the series Haiyū Mitate Jūnishi
Dragon 辰 and Snake 巳
The actors Kawarazaki Sanshō and Onoe Kikugorō V
IHL Cat. #776

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #568
 Title (Description)  Horse and Ram (午 未 )
 Series A comparison of actors with the 12 signs of the zodiac
 Haiyū mitate jūnishi 俳優見立十二支
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal  toshidama seal
 Publication Date 1869 (Meiji 2)
 Publisher Dobashi Masudaya han 土橋政田屋 版 (Seal not present on this print.  See IHL Cat. #776 for seal picture)
彫長 Horichō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e; mitate
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 1/2 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 100-6752; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5714-C137-03