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Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Nagoya Sanzaburō (名古屋山三) on the left
and Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Fuwa Banzaemon (不破伴左衛門) on the right

Identifier: 1816 Kunisada Bando Mitsugoro
Description:

There is a novel from 1807 by Santō Kyōden, Mukashi banashi inazuma hyoshi (An Old Time Lightning Bolt Tale) in which the two major antagonists wear kimonos which identify them iconographically. Fuwa Banzaemon carries a sword called 'Thunder' and wears robes with a lightning and cloud motif. His opponent Nagoya Sanzaburō's sword is the 'Amorous Swallows' and his robe is decorated with the 'swallows-in-the-rain' motif.

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