Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Kanki (かんき) in Kokusenya Kassen (国性爺合戦)


10 in x 14.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: shichi jūhassai (78 year old) Toyokuni hitsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
(Marks 145 - seal 21-059)
Carver: Hori Masu (松嶋彫政)
Waseda University
Lyon (another print from this performance)
Hankyu Culture Foundation

A Ming dynasty loyalist who switched sides and supported the Tartar invaders. Married to Kinshōjo, the step-sister of Watōnai Sankan. (JSV)


Actor with beard and coral in hair. This image is meant to commemorate a performance at the Nakamura Theater 1863/1.


The Encyclopedia Britannica says of this play: "Chikamatsu’s most popular work was Kokusenya kassen (1715; The Battles of Coxinga), a historical melodrama based loosely on events in the life of the Chinese-Japanese adventurer who attempted to restore the Ming dynasty in China."


There is another print from this series in the Lyon Collection. It can be found at #749. Also, at #37 is an Osaka diptych by Ashiyuki related to this theme.

Iseya Kanekichi (伊勢屋兼吉) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Bandō Hikosaburō V (五代目坂東彦三郎: 3/1856 to 10/1877) (actor)
Battle of Coxinga (Kokusenya Kassen - 国性爺合戦) (genre)