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

Print: Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Nagoya Sanzaburō (名古屋山三) on the left
and Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Fuwa Banzaemon (不破伴左衛門) on the right

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Dates: 1816,created
Dimensions: 20.75 in,15.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Hiranoya Chōemon
(Marks 112 - seal 02-055)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library - a curious variation on this diptych;

Physical description:

There is a novel from 1807 by Santō Kyōden, Mukashi banashi inazuma hyoshi (An Old Time Lightning Bolt Tale) in which the two major antagonists wear kimonos which identify them iconographically. Fuwa Banzaemon carries a sword called 'Thunder' and wears robes with a lightning and cloud motif. His opponent Nagoya Sanzaburō's sword is the 'Amorous Swallows' and his robe is decorated with the 'swallows-in-the-rain' motif.