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

Print: Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as Hisakata-hime (久方姫), Arashi Kichisaburō III (嵐吉三郎) as Kimura Tatewaki (木村帯刀) on the right; Nakamura Tomijūrō II (中村富十郎) as Sangoku no Tayū, actually the Earth Spider Spirit (三国太夫実ハ土蜘の精) in the center; Nakamura Nakasuke II (中村仲助) as Kongōtarō (金剛太郎), Onoe Kikujirō II (尾上菊次郎) as the woman pilgrim Akitsuki (女六部秋月) on the left  

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Dates: 1853,created
Dimensions: 28.75 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Ebisuya Shōshichi
(Marks 039 - seal 26-007)
Date seal: 7/1853
Censors' seals: Watanabe, Mera, Ox 7

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Waseda University (right); Waseda University (center); Waseda University (left); Achenbach Foundation; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel;

Physical description:

These are characters from the play Kana Kyōdai Musume no Adauchi performed at the Ichimura-za in 7/1853.

We know that a character named Uesugi Hisakata-hime appeared in Osaka in a performance in 2/1782 of the play Keisei Kogane no Shachihoko (けいせい黄金鯱) or 'Courtesans and the Gold Shachihoko'. However, we may be able to trace this play back to as early as the fall of 1722.

The character of Hisakata-hime appears in a Yoshitaki triptych from 1/1868, but there the play is Keisei hana no shiranami.