Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Bandō Shūka I (坂東しうか) as kijin Ōmatsu (鬼女おまつ), the demon robber, and Ichikawa Danjurō VIII (市川団十郎) as Natsume Shirosaburō (夏目四郎三郎) holding their child

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Dates: 1851,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Ibaya Kyūbei (Marks 126 - seal 11-005)
Seal: shita-uri or 'discreet sale' (シタ売)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa and Murata

Related links: British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library ; National Diet Library;

Physical description: This image commemorates a performance of the play Shinpan koshi no shiranami (新板越白浪 ) performed at the Ichimura theatre in 1851/9.

ex B. W. Robinson collection ex C. H. Mitchell collection - skeleton kimono design.


"Interestingly, this work has a shita-uri (literally, 'low sale') seal which indicates that it was on a restricted sale (supposedly sold from a pile on the floor) in order to avoid problems with the authorities. Kuniyoshi made several other prints depicting Ōmatsu... of which at least one other also bears a shita-uri seal." Quoted from: Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861, p. 173. It is accompanied with a color reproduction.