Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play <i>Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban</i> [松下嘉平治連歌評判]
Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play <i>Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban</i> [松下嘉平治連歌評判]

Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春) (artist 1802 – 1852)

Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban [松下嘉平治連歌評判]

Print


1829
10 in x 14.375 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ryūsai Shigeharu ga
柳斎重春画
Publisher: Tenmaya Kihei
(Marks 536 - seal 21-193)
Prints of Japan - four prints from same scene by Ashiyuki
The British Museum - a crude kappazuri playbill for this same production in 1829

This play was still being performed by 1870 as can be seen in a Yoshitaki print in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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We can identify this figure as a member of the Akechi Mitsuhide's Toki clan by the bluebell emblems decorating his robes, even though they are a reddish color here. The bluebell or kikyō is referred to as the Platycodon grandiflorum in Latin.

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This panel is situated to the right of a panel showing Arashi Rikan II as Mashira Hisayoshi.


actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
Nakamura Utaemon III 三代目中村歌右衛門 (actor)
Tenmaya Kihei (天満屋喜兵衛) (publisher)