Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) as a ghost and Onoe Eizaburō III (尾上栄三郎) as a cowering princess - from the play <i>Tsumaga Gasane Sugata no Hana Kurabe</i> (嬲容顔花競 -つまがさねすがたのはなくらべ)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)

Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) as a ghost and Onoe Eizaburō III (尾上栄三郎) as a cowering princess - from the play Tsumaga Gasane Sugata no Hana Kurabe (嬲容顔花競 -つまがさねすがたのはなくらべ)

Print


1840
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Censor's seal: kiwame
Hankyu Culture Foundation

This print may be a kabuki production related to The Tale of Heike. While the roles names are as yet unread, the last kanji character reads as hime or 姫 which can be translated as 'princess'.

The elaborate floral headdress or fukiwa-mage wig worn by the onnagata Onoe Eizaburō is a clue to the actor's role.
Yūrei-zu (幽霊図 - ghosts demons monsters and spirits) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Bandō Hikosaburō IV (四代目坂東彦三郎) (actor)
Onoe Eizaburō III (三代目尾上栄三郎) (actor)