Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Diptych - the right panel shows Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Daihanji Kiyozumi (大判事清澄) and Arashi Koroku IV (嵐小六) as Koganosuke (久我之助) - the left panel shows Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Sadaka's daughter Hinadori (娘ひな鳥) and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as the widow Sadaka (後室狭高) - from the play Imoseyama Onna Teikin

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Dates: 1821,created
Dimensions: 15.25 in,10.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Publisher: Wataya Kihei (Marks 579 - seal 12-053)

Related links: Metropolitan Museum of Art - right panel only; Waseda University - right panel only; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - left panel only; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - right panel only; Philadelphia Museum of Art - right-hand panel; Philadelphia Museum of Art - left-hand panel; Joseph Schnitzer Museum of Art - left panel only ;

Physical description:

The actors from left to right, on left sheet: Nakamura Utaemon III as Sadaka and Nakamura Matsue III as Hinadori, on right sheet: Bando Mitsugoro III as Daihanji Kiyozumi and Arashi Koroku IV as the son Koganosuke in the play "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" (see Keyes, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, no. 16, p. 72-73 ). The child Koganosoke resolves on a suicide pact with Hinadori ( shown on the other sheet ) after Soga no Iruka orders the children to be sent to his court to insure the family’s loyalty. Published 1821 by Wataki. ( There are two states known: With and without publisher’s seal. Some embellishments are added and some removed on the two states. )

Bibliography: Kitagawa, Bosuton bijutsukan shozō Kamigata-e mokuroku (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 90; Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), p. 72; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei, vol. 1 (1997), #096; Keyes 1973, #197ab and pl. 16 another example of left sheet in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston