Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Left panel of a triptych of actors representing the 7 Lucky Gods on a chrysanthemum treasure ship with Segawa Senjo as Jurōjin and Nakamura Utaemon III as Hotei - from the series Actors and the 12 Months

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Dates: 1809,created
Dimensions: 10.125 in,15.25 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Toyokuni-ga
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi
Marks 294 - seal 08-088

Related links: British Museum - all three panels; Japan Arts Council - full triptych;

Physical description:

Toyokuni designed twelve actor triptychs, one for each month of the year. The toshidama cartouche in the upper left contains the series title.


This triptych is illustrated in color in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections: British Museum II, Kodansha Ltd, 1988, #221.

The curatorial files at the British Museum say of this triptych: "Seven kabuki actors offstage, depicted as the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (‘Shichifukujin’) on board the ‘treasure ship’ (‘takarabune’) here formed out of chrysanthemum blooms. From the right, right sheet: Matsumoto Koshiro V as Bishamonten standing with a spear in one hand and a miniature pagoda in the other; Bando Mitsugoro III seated below as Fukurokuju holding a Chinese-style fan and accompanied by a deer; Iwai Hanshiro V, standing, as Benzaiten holding a four-stringed biwa; centre sheet: Sawamura Gennosuke I as Daikokuten seated holding a mallet and carrying a large treasure sack on his back; Onoe Eizaburo I as Ebisu standing with a large sea bream under one arm and a fishing rod over one shoulder; left sheet: Segawa Senjo as Jurojin standing with a staff, to the end of which is tied a scroll; and Nakamura Utaemon III as Hotei seated holding a Chinese-style fan with one arm resting on a large sack. This design represents the ninth month in a series of triptychs illustrating the twelve months."