Artist: Utagawa Yoshitaki (歌川芳滝)

Print: Arashi Rikan IV (嵐璃寛) as Sakuramaru (桜丸), Nakamura Shikan IV (中村芝翫) as
Matsuōmaru (松王丸) and Nakamura Fukusuke III (中村福助) as Umeōmaru (梅王丸)
in the play Sugawara denju tenarai kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

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Dates: 1880,created
Dimensions: 29.25 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Yoshitaki ga (芳瀧画)

Related links: Waseda University - right panel;

Physical description:

Clearly this was a deluxe printing. The use of metallic inks and special effects like the oxidized ashy-lavender background is astounding. Add the that the vibrancy of the controlled use of aniline dyes and this is truly one of the most eye-catching and spectacular items in the entire Lyon Collection.


This triptych is illustrated in color in Schwaab's Osaka Prints on page 227.


There is no publisher's seal. Perhaps, considering the deluxe nature of this triptych, it was printed privately.