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

Print: Sawamura Tanosuke III (沢村田之助) as Princess Kinshōjo (錦少女)
in Kokusenya Kassen (国性爺合戦) or Battles of Coxinga

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Dates: 1863,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: nanajyūhachi Toyokuni hitsu
(drawn by 78 year old Toyokuni)
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi (Marks 145 - seal 21-059)
Carver: Hori Masu (松嶋彫政)

Related links: Waseda University; Lyon (another print from this performance);Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

The Encyclopedia Britannica says of this play: "Chikamatsu’s most popular work was Kokusenya kassen (1715; The Battles of Coxinga), a historical melodrama based loosely on events in the life of the Chinese-Japanese adventurer who attempted to restore the Ming dynasty in China."


This print commemorates a performance at the Nakamura Theater in the first month of 1863.


There is another print from this series in the Lyon Collection. It can be found at #750. Also, at #37 is an Osaka diptych related to this theme.


Another copy of this print is one of 116 prints which were given by a private collector to the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia in Spain. An exhibition of these prints at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando identified this role as that of the Princess Kinshōjo.