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

Print: Ōkubi-e: Double Bust portrait - Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (?) on the left;
Iwai Hanshirō V on the right

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Dates: circa 1828,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni hitsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Ezakiya Tatsuzō
(Marks 059 - seal 21-092)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Lyon Collection - another print from this series, but with a different publisher;Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Within a frame decorated with flying bats a superb double bust portrait of the actors Iwai Hanshirō and Ichikawa Danjūrō as a high-ranking oiran with tortoiseshell combs and many hairpins and her client holding a razor. Rare.


Notice that the figure on the right is also wearing a fabric decorated with flying bats.

There is another print from this series in the Lyon Collection, but with a different publisher's seal. See #691.