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Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Okoma (おこま) menacing
a cat which was trying to steal a purse of gold coins

Identifier: 1818c Toyokuni cat killer

We are still trying to determine the nature of this Okoma role and why there is a cat in this print. After searching for that name in other prints we found only one example where 'Okoma' forms part of a name of an onnagata seen with a cat nestled on her shoulder. However, that print was produced nearly fifty years later and is only one element of a hashira-e. [See the link to Waseda University above.] This print may or may not be related to the print in the Lyon Collection.

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