Artist: Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春)

Print: Nakamura Tōzō III as Iwase Kibunta and
Nakamura Utaemon III as Jiraiya on the left
in the play Yaemusubi Jiraiya Monogatari
[柵自来也談] - 'The story of Jiraiya at the weir'

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Dates: 1832,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed on the left panel:
Ryūsai Shigeharu ga (柳斎重春画)

Related links: Honolulu Museum of Art - left panel; Honolulu Museum of Art - right panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Libarary - left panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - right panel; Pushkin Museum - left panel only; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Lyon Collection - another copy of the left panel;

Physical description:

Jiraiya can often be identified by his '100 Day' wig or hyakunichi (百日).

A type of wild, bushy wig (鬘) worn by villains meant to indicate a head of hair uncut for at least 100 days. It is also called a daibyaku. There is also a 50 day look in the gojūnichi.

"Long hair stands up bristle-like from the crown. The wig's name is highly conventional as no one's hair could grow this long in 100 days.... The main version, the hyakunichi no tare, includes a long pony tail bound near the bottom with a gold rope...." The "...softness of the top hair also suggests that the character is not well, perhaps due to an excess of fear and anger."

Quote from: New Kabuki Encyclopedia by Samuel L. Leiter, p. 179.


There is another copy of the right-hand panel in the National Gallery, Prague. There is another copy of this triptych illustrated in color in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collection 5: Victoria and Albert Museum II, Kodansha, 1989, #175.


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1998, no. 162.