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

Print: Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as the robber Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門)
in the play Sanmon gosan no kiri [楼門五三桐]

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Dates: 1826,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Ōmiya Heihachi (Marks 413 - seal 01-102)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: British Museum; Ritsumeikan University; Ritsumeikan University - all eight examples (over two pages); Lyon Collection - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Below are two different readings of the poem on this page. The first is from Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty.

hatsugiri tatsu ya / fuyō no / hana no hana

The first haze rises -
the 'nose flower' as beautiful
as the cotton rose.

This translation is by Maria L. Bugno.

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The poem written at the top of this print is by Shūyatei Kinshō (秋夜亭錦升), Matsumoto Kōshirō V's poetic name.

The text reads:

Hatsugasumi tatsuya fuyo no hana no hana

初霞たつや芙蓉の鼻の峰.

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This print is from a series of 12 portraits of kabuki actors in famous roles. Each is accompanied by a poem. Eight prints from this series can be found at Ritsumeikan University. See the link above.

It should also be noted that there are two versions of the print featured here.

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Illustrated with a large color reproduction in Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty by Robert Schaap, p. 88.