• Ichikawa Omezō I [市川男女蔵] as Musashibō Benkei [弁慶]  and Ichikawa Yaozō III [市川八百蔵] as Shinchūnagon Tomomori [新中納言知盛] in <i>Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura</i> [義経千本桜]
Ichikawa Omezō I [市川男女蔵] as Musashibō Benkei [弁慶]  and Ichikawa Yaozō III [市川八百蔵] as Shinchūnagon Tomomori [新中納言知盛] in <i>Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura</i> [義経千本桜]
Ichikawa Omezō I [市川男女蔵] as Musashibō Benkei [弁慶]  and Ichikawa Yaozō III [市川八百蔵] as Shinchūnagon Tomomori [新中納言知盛] in <i>Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura</i> [義経千本桜]

Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)

Ichikawa Omezō I [市川男女蔵] as Musashibō Benkei [弁慶] and Ichikawa Yaozō III [市川八百蔵] as Shinchūnagon Tomomori [新中納言知盛] in Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura [義経千本桜]

Print


1803
10 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions) Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 01-008)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another 1803 print illustrating this play by Toyokuni I showing Benkei paired with Yoshitsune, but by a different publisher This print commemorates a performance at the Ichimuraz-a in the eighth month of 1803. It was the seller who identified these figures. The Benkei figure is at the top. The other character, Shinchūnagon Tomomori, is often portrayed as a ghost or spirit accompanied by a huge boat's anchor.

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Benkei can be identified by outfit. He is carrying a Buddhist rosary of prayer beads, a nenju (念珠). He was occasionally dressed as a Shugendō sect priest.
Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八) (publisher)
Ichikawa Omezō I (初代市川男女蔵: from 11/1789 to 6/1824) (actor)
Suketakaya Takasuke II (二代目助高屋高助) (actor)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Yaozō III (三代目市川八百蔵) (actor)
Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶) (role)
Taira no Tomomori (平知盛: 1151 to 4/25/1185) (role)