Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as the Buddhist nun Seigen (清玄尼) on the left and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (市川団十郎) as Matsuwaka (松若)

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Dates: 1847,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri in red
Publisher: Jōshuya Kinzō
(Marks 192 - 25-292)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Related links: Waseda University - left panel; Waseda University - right panel; Lyon Collection - 1820 Kunisada print of Matsukawa in a boat - one panel of a triptych;Lyon Collection - 1835 Kunisada triptych;

Physical description:

This is from the play Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irotoki (台比雪花隅色薗) performed in the 3rd month of 1847.


There are a number of prints in the Lyon Collection showing either the nun Seigen or Matsukawa or both. See the links above.


These two panels show Iwai Kumesaburō III on the left performing opposite Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII. This commemorates a performance four years before Kumesaburō was raised to the level of a tateonnagata or the highest position an onnagata can hold in the theater.


A bijin kneeling and shyly raising her arm; flowering bush clover and a full moon behind her.

Ex B. W. Robinson collection