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Print: Ichikawa Yaozō IV (市川八百蔵) as Omuraya Denbei (伝兵衛)
and Iwai Kumesaburō I (岩井粂三郎) as the courtesan Oshun
(おしゅん) in the play Keisei byōbu ura
(A Courtesan: a folding screen and the seashore)
(けいせい屏風浦)

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Dates: created
Dimensions: Overall dimensions
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Signed: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Marks 391 seal 01-008)
Censor seal: kiwame

Related links: Mead Art Museum; Lyon Collection - another copy;

Physical description:

This play was performed at the Nakamura-za in 7/1800.

This impression is illustrated in color in Hempel, Holzschnittkunst Japans, 1963, #76. Performance listed in Kabuki Nenpyō, v. 5. pp 285-86

Synopsis: The Kyoto merchant Denbei loves the courtesan Oshun of the Gion quarter. One night, Denbei is forced to kill his rival in love, the evil samurai Kanzaemon, and then flee from the police. Oshun's family attempts to protect her from the scandal and the certainty that she and Denbei will take their own lives to atone for their illicit love, but they cannot overcome the lovers' devotion to one another. Denbei and Oshun finally escape along a road at night, and then commit double suicide.