Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Left sheet: Nakamura Tsuruzō I as Ryōshi Ganzō (猟師鴈蔵) and Seki Sanjūrō III as Yokoyama Daizō (横山大蔵); right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Otaka Tonomo (大高主殿)

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Dates: 1848,created
Dimensions: 9.7 in,14.125 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri (in red)
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Marks 446 - seal 25-210)
Censor seals: Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Related links: Kuniyoshi Project; Waseda University - right panel; Waseda University - left panel; Lyon Collection - a Kuniyoshi print focusing on the Daruma scroll only;Lyon Collection - another Kuniyoshi print on this same theme;

Physical description:

This scene from the play Takagi Oriemon budōjitsuroku (高木織右武実録) was performed at the Nakamura theater in the eighth month, 1848.

There is a single-sheet print entitled The actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost of Ōtaka Shuden from the same date and play. "The play was performed at the theatre, Nakamuraza, in the eighth month of 1848 and in it Ōtaka Shuden is known as Nōshi ('nō master') Muchiku Būdaiyū." Beyond that we know little to nothing about this play - so far. Quoted from: Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p.159.

Note what appears to be a struggle for the scroll painting of Daruma. There is another print in the Lyon Collection which is meant to to be a reproduction of this exact scroll and was certainly used as a dramatic prop in this play.