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

Print: Scene from the play Iro moyo chotto karimame (色彩間苅豆)
Bandō Hikosaburō IV (?) on the left, the figures in the middle panel represent 田舎娘おりさ
and Yūnen Shōnin (祐念上人) and Onoe Kikujirō II on the right as the ghost of 累ゆうこん

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Dates: 1849,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画 - on the right and left panels
Toyokuni ga (豊国画) in the center
Artist's seal: toshidama in red
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō (Marks 556 - seal 03-004)
Censors' seals: Fuku and Muramatsu

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library - left panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Ritsumeikan University;

Physical description:

When this triptych was first purchased it was represented as being a scene from the play Tenjiku Tokubei Karakoto Banashi. However, according to the Hankyu Culture Foundation it is from Iro moyo chotto karimame. We give more weight to the latter's attribution than we do to that of the original seller.


Notice the snake coiled around the neck of the kneeling figure in the center panel. It looks like it is about to strike.