Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: The far left panels of a four panel composition: Nakamura Tomijūrō II (中村富十郎) as Gion Okaji (ぎおんおかじ) and Bandō Jūtarō I (坂東寿太郎) as Saitō Kuranosuke (斎藤蔵之助) - these are the two left panels of a tetraptych - from the play Keisei chigogafuchi (The Chigogafuchi Pool - けいせい稚児淵)

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Dates: 1833,created
Dimensions: 20.5 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Wataya Kihei
(Marks 579 - seal 12-008)

Related links: All four panels in the Lyon Collection;Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the full tetraptych; Hankyu Culture Foundation - the far left panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - the next panel in;

Physical description:

These panels help commemorate a performance of Keisei chigogafuchi (The Chigogafuchi Pool) at the Kado Theater in Osaka in the first month of 1833.


Osaka Prints wrote about this play:

The Chigo Deeps (Chigo ga fuchi) of the play title Keisei chigogafuchi (A courtesan and deep water at Chigo: けいせい稚児淵) was located off the island of Enoshima. It was there in the twelfth century that a young temple page (chigo) named Shiragikumaru committed suicide rather than choose between two priests who vied for his love. Elements of this ancient tale were also adapted for the present play about the legendary sixteenth-century outlaw Ishikawa Goemon.


All four panels are illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1998, no. 310, pp. 100-101.