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 switch sides and supported the Tartar invaders. Married to Kinshōjo, the 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)