Artist: Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban [松下嘉平治連歌評判]

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Dates: 1829,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ryūsai Shigeharu ga
Publisher: Tenmaya Kihei
(Marks 536 - seal 21-193)

Related links: Prints of Japan - four prints from same scene by Ashiyuki; The British Museum - a crude kappazuri playbill for this same production in 1829;

Physical description:

This play was still being performed by 1870 as can be seen in a Yoshitaki print in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


We can identify this figure as a member of the Akechi Mitsuhide's Toki clan by the bluebell emblems decorating his robes, even though they are a reddish color here. The bluebell or kikyō is referred to as the Platycodon grandiflorum in Latin.


This panel is situated to the right of a panel showing Arashi Rikan II as Mashira Hisayoshi.