Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Katsura Chūnagon, actually Ise Shinkurō (桂中納言実は伊勢新九郎) on the right; Asao Gakujūrō I (浅尾額十郎) as Hosokawa Katsumoto (細川勝元); and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takahashi no Tsubone, actually Mino no Shōkurō (高はしの局実は美濃庄九郎) on the left

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Dates: created,1823
Dimensions: 30.9 in,14.74 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Publishers: Tenmaya Kihei (Marks 536 - seal 25-437)
and Yamaichi (Marks U438 - seal 02-036)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Freer/Sackler Galleries; Lyon Collection - another Hokushū print devoted just to Mino no Shōkurō;

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. Shinkurō's quest is for a precious sword.


There is another print by Hokushū in the Lyon Collection representing Mino no Shōkurō. See #1338.


This is a scene from the play Keisei Omonguchi performed at the Kado Theater in 1823.


Reference: Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1997, no. 140.