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

Print: Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Kanki (かんき) in Kokusenya Kassen (国性爺合戦)

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Dates: 1863,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: shichi jūhassai (78 year old) Toyokuni hitsu
七十八歳豊国筆
Artist's seal: toshidama
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:

Actor with beard and coral in hair. This image is meant to commemorate a performance at the Nakamura Theater 1863/1.

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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."

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There is another print from this series in the Lyon Collection. It can be found at #749. Also, at #37 is an Osaka diptych by Ashiyuki related to this theme.