The kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojô V
Kuniyasu, Utagawa; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1794-1832
Surimono. Colour prints from woodblocks, with blind embossing (karazuri), and white pigment spattered by hand for the snow. Shikishi-ban diptych, right-hand sheet (mounted with P.525-1937, the left-hand sheet). Signed: Kuniyasu ga. Printer’s seal: Suri-kô Shinzô. Poets: Kôutei (?) Hanamitsu, Suihôtei Komatsu, Kamenoya Osemaru and Hisakataya Misora. 1826.
given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn
Spring kyôka surimono for the Hisakataya poetry circle commemorating the ‘opening of the season’ performance at Edo’s Ichimura theatre in 12/1825. The play was Azuma dairi kabuki no shôgatsu (Palace in the East: the theatre New Year), and this snow fight scene was a great hit with the public. No record of the plot survives. Kikunojô is probably playing Hamahagi, wife of Iwai Goden, while Mitsugorô plays Onizuka Hyôgonosuke. Kunisada made a similar diptych of this scene, but with Kikunojô shown playing 'Iwase' and Mitsugorô playing 'Morihisa'.
P.525-1937; The kabuki actor Bandô Mitsugorô III
Object Number: P.526-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182390; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2012-07-10)