Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
Moonlit scene at a sacred Shintō site from the play Yamatogana Heike monogatari [倭仮名平家物語] - Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) on the left as Monomi no Omatsu; Segawa Kikunojō V (瀬川菊之丞) in the center; Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) on the right
9.5 in x 14.25 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 01-008)
Censor's seal: kiwame
British Museum - left panel only
The curatorial files at the British Museum say: "The kabuki actor Iwai Hanshiro V in the role of Monomi no Omatsu, emerging from a bamboo thicket at night, in the play ‘Yamatogana Heike monogatari’ (倭仮名平家物語) by Sakurada Jisuke II; performed at the Ichimura theatre in the 11th month of 1824 (Bunsei 7)."
The playwright Segawa Jokō II (二代目瀬川如皐 - 1757-1833) collaborated with two other playwrights, Sakurada Jisuke II (二代目桜田治助 - 1768-1829) and Tajima Kunosuke I, in composing this kaomise play which was first performed on 11/1824.
Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八) (publisher)
Segawa Kikunojō V (五代目瀬川菊之丞) (actor)
Matsumoto Kōshirō V (五代目松本幸四郎: 11/1801 to 5/1838) (actor)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Iwai Hanshirō V (五代目岩井半四郎: 11/1804-11/1832) (actor)
Kabuki (歌舞伎) theater terms (genre)