Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III [中村歌右衛門] as Mino no Shōkurō [美濃庄九郎]
from the play Keisei Ōmonguchi ('The Great Gate of the Licensed Quarter')

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Dates: 1823,created
Dimensions: 10.375 in,15.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Barry Rosensteel Japanese Print Collection, U. of Pittsburgh; Lyon Collection - a Hokushū triptych which includes this same character;Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

Mino no Shōkurō is one of three major protagonists in an early 18th century play which is very complex and confusing in its plot line. Each of these three main characters is looking for a lost family heirloom. Shōkurō's is a famous kettle called Cicada.


There is another piece in the Lyon Collection, a triptych, by Hokushū (#350), which represents Mino no Shokurō, but in that case he is referenced under a different name.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Library dates this print at 1820. Others date it to 1/1823 for a production of Keisei Ōmonguchi at the Kado Theater in Osaka.

Reference: Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1997, no. 139.


The print at the Hankyu Culture Foundation has much more text printed on the example they own.