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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
Description:

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

ex B. W. Robinson collection

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

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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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