Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Yamauba (山姥) on the left, Kaidōmaru (怪童丸) in the center, and Mita no shi (三田仕) on the right - with acrobatic men dressed as animals

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Dates: circa 1847 - 1850,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed on left and right:
Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
In center: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tobei
(Marks 591 - seal not listed)
Censor seals: Mera and Murata

Related links: Library of Congress - right and left panels only; British Museum - Shunkō print; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I diptych with actor as Mita no Kakae; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I triptych with actor as Mita no shi; National Diet Library - Toyokuni III triptych for comparison;

Physical description:

In a 1785 print by Shunkō in the British Museum it shows the three main characters represented in this triptych. It identifies the figure of the old man on the right as "...Shibakari Mokuemon, in reality the god of Mt. Ashigara..." We have added a link above to that print for your viewing.

In two prints in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this character 三田の仕 is described under two variant names: Mita no shi and Mita no Kakae. Both links are shown above.

For good measure, we have added a triptych by Toyokuni III at the National Diet Library for comparison. This is to emphasize the fact that many images were created placing these three main figures together in the same composition.