Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
Two actors from an untitled series of paired actors on poem slips (tanzaku)
9.5 in x 13.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: ōju (by special request) Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
(Marks 446 - seal unlisted)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu and Fuku
Princeton University Art Museum
National Diet Library
Lyon Collection - Yodohira and the nun Seigen from this series
Lyon Collection - Toneri Matsuōmaru and Shundō Gengba from this series The background of this print uses the itame mokuhan or imitation woodgrain technique (板目木版).
"The printing of a wood grain within a print. A wood plank is soaked in water to open up the grain and is then inked and printed to intentionally reproduce the nature of the wood itself."
The text on the right reads: お.ひきのいの字つゝくやいいいいいいいいいいいの.
There are approximately 16 prints from this series in the collection of Ritsumeikan University.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛) (publisher)