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

Iwai Kumesaburō III as Sakurahime (さくら姫) above and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Seigen (清玄) below from the play Koigoromo Karigane-zome (恋衣雁金染)

Print


1852
9.375 in x 26.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Tsujiya Yasubei
Censors' seals: Kinugasa and Murata
Seal: shita-uri or 'discreet sale' (シタ売)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Tokyo Metropolitan Library - top panel
Tokyo Metropolitan Library - bottom panel
Shizuoka Prefectural Library

This print depicts a young woman floating through the air, clutching an umbrella, descending toward the ground. "Leaping from the stage..." is a phrase still used today to describe a bold act. "Is said to originate the ancient practice of jumping from a height to achieve fulfilment of a wish, such as the cure of an illness or success in a love affair." Eventually the platform at Kiyomizu Temple was incorporated into this description.
Kakemono-e - 掛物絵 (genre)
Tsujiya Yasubei (辻屋安兵衛) (publisher)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎: 3/1832 - 8/1854) (actor)
Iwai Kumesaburō III (三代目岩井粂三郎) (actor)