Tiger and Hare from the series Haiyū mitate jūnishi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tiger and Hare

from the series Haiyū mitate jūnishi 

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1869

Geisha stringing a shamisen from the series Thirty-six Tokyo Restaurants

IHL Cat. #1302

About This Print

The actors Kawarazaki Sanshō 河原崎三升 in the role of Watōnai Sankan 和藤内三官 matched with the sign of the tiger 寅 and Nakamura Sōjūrō 中村宗十郎 in the role of Kawarazaki mimasu Ashigarayama no yamauba 足柄山のやまうば, matched with the sign of the hare .

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 #1302
 Title (Description) Tiger and Hare (寅卯)
 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)
Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal toshidama seal (see above)
 Publication Date
巳二改 aratame snake 2
February 1869
Dobashi Masadaya han 土橋政田屋 版; trade name Masadaya Heikichi   [Marks: seal 25-448; pub. ref. 302]
(Seal not present on this print.  See IHL Cat. #776 for seal picture)
彫長 Horichō 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - unbacked; minor soiling
 Genre ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e; mitate
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (36.8 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/16 x 9 3/4 in. (35.7 x 24.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 100-5923; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5714-C137-1