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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)

Identifier: 1847 Kuniyoshi Diptych Bush Cl

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

ex B. W. Robinson collection


This may be related to the play Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irotoki (台比雪花隅色薗).


These two panels show Iwai Kumesaburō III on the left performing opposite Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII. If the dating of these panels is correct it 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.

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