Actor triptychs

1815 ľ 1846, Part II

 

Actors: Actors as Tokiwa-gozen (常盤御前, left), Yaheibee Munekiyo (弥平兵衛宗清, center), and Munekiyoĺs wife (tsuma) Kashiwagi (宗清つま柏木, right)

Play: Possibly Kinryűzan Chikai no Ishizue (金龍山誓礎) performed in the 10th month of 1842 at the Nakamura Theater

Date: 1842-1846 with seal of the censor Watanabe Sh˘emon (top) and 12th month of 1853 (bottom)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke (top) and Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi (bottom)

 

NOTE: This triptych was listed as ôTokiwa-gozen and Her Children in the Snowˮ by Robinson in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) based on his having seen only the left sheet. However, the privately published supplement states ôThis turns out to be a theatrical triptych, the production so far unidentifiedö.á The play may be Genpei sakigake tsutsuji (魁源平躑躅).

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Sano Genzaemon (佐野源左衛門, left), Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Shirotae (白妙, center), and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as the monk Saimy˘ji Tokiyori (西明寺時頼入道, right)

Play:

Date: c. 1833-1835

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as the monk Saimy˘ji Tokiyori (西明寺時頼入道)

Play:

Date: c. 1833-1835

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as 古道具や☆助

Play:

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Echizen-ya Heisabur˘

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kazunosuke (かづさ之助, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Kyubi Tar˘ (九尾太郎, center), and Kataoka Ichiz˘ I as Futoshi Kaneto (金藤太, right)

Play: Probably a mitate

Date: c. 1831-1832

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘áá

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Ono Sadakur˘ wiping his blade

Play:

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (熊谷次郎直実) and Ichikawa Imaroku (市川今六) in an unidentified role

Play: Possibly Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: c. 1834

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Unidentified actor as Urashlma Tar˘ (浦島 太郎) on a turtle

Play:

Date: c. 1837-1840

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Actors: Left sheet: Actor as Ari˘maru (有王丸)

Center sheet: Actor as Kameomaru

Right sheet: Actors as Shunkan and Oyasu (female role)

Play: Hime Komatsu nenohi no asobi (姫小松子日の遊, Outing to Pick Pine Seedlings on the Rat Day of the New Year)

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Sh˘emon)

Publisher: Tanba-ya Hanjir˘

 

NOTE: This may be a triptych of a kabuki scene, disguised as a warrior print when actor prints were banned by the ôTenp˘ reformsö.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Hime Komatsu nenohi no asobi (Outing to Pick Pine Seedlings on the Rat Day of the New Year)

Another state of the above design without any purple

 

NOTE: The actorsĺ faces and some other details were recarved to use this design for the production of Hime Komatsu nenohi no asobi (姫小松子日の遊) in the 9th month of 1850:

 

Keyblock prints for above triptych.á Note that the cesorĺs seals were crossed out.á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Onoe Kikugoro III as Takehara Genpachi (left), Ichikawa Ebizo V as Omura Gengo (center), and Iwai Tojaku as Fujinami (right)

Play:

Date: c. 1833-1835

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

 

NOTE: This triptych is a mitate, meaning that it is an imaginary scene with actors who never actually appeared together on stage in these roles.

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I (left), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Kyubi Tar˘ (九尾太郎, center), and Iwai Hanshir˘ VI (right)

Play:

Date: c. 1832-1836 (The actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI held this name from the 11th month of 1832 to the 4th month of 1836.)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobeiá

 

NOTE: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ĺs name is preceded by mitate (見立), indication that he did not actually perform this role on stage.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.á

Actors: Nakamura Shikan II as Keisei Koch˘ (けいせい小蝶)

Play:

Date: c. 1831-1832

Theater:

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Actors: Ichikawa Koisabur˘ (市川 鯉三郎) as Oniwaka Maru (鬼若丸)

Play:

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Abe no Yasuna (安倍の保名)

Play:

Date: c. 1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: The name Sawamura is written as 澤村 instead of the more common 沢村.

Actors: ďtani Tomoemon disguising himself as a boar and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III (市川 寿美蔵, standing)

Play:

Date: 1834-1835

Publisher:

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Hangandai Terukuni (判官代照國, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sugawara no Michizane (菅原の道真, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kakuju (right)

Play: Sugawara denju tenarai kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

Date: c. 1833-1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for the left and center panels.

Actors: Onoe Eisabur˘ III as Akitsushimaĺs wife [Osato] (秋津嶋女房)

Play: Possibly Sekitori Nidai no shobu zuke

Date: c. 1831-1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors:

Play:

Date: c. 1827-1831

Publisher: Probably Matsumura Tatsuemon (only triple mountain is preserved)

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danz˘ V as ďboshi Yuranosuke (由良之助) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as ďboshi Rikiya Yoshikane (力弥)

Right sheet: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as no Moronao (師直, standing) and Iwai Shijaku I as Lady Kaoyo (顔世)

Play: Kanadehon chűshingura (The Treasury of the Loyal Retainers)

Date: c. 1833

Theater:

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: These two sheets seem to combine roles from two different productions of Kanadehon chűshingura in 1833.á The woodblocks were reused for an untitled series of Kanadehon chűshingura prints.

Actor:á Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (or possibly Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII)

Play:

Date: c. 1833

Theater:

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors:á Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Jirokichi (次郎吉, center) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV in an unidentified role (right)

Play:

Date: c. 1832

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: Each sheet is identified as a mitate (見立), meaning that the actors shown did not actually perform these roles together on stage.á The text on the sign is an advertisement for cosmeticsľspecifically Senjoka (仙女 ) white face powder manufactured by the Sakamoto family (坂本氏).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design.

Actors: Iwai Hanshir˘ V or VI as Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗, left), Nakamura Shikan II as Kud˘ Saemon (工藤左衛門, center), and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as mitate Jűr˘ Sukenari (見立十郎祐成, right)

Date: c. 1831-1832

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: Sawamura Tossh˘ĺs role is described as mitate (見立) Jűr˘ Sukenari (十郎祐成), indicating that he did not actually perform this role on stage.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.á

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state having red seals and an extra stroke above the kana poem.á

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I (沢村 訥升, left) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (瀬川 菊之丞, right)á

Play: Probably Matsu Ochikara tomoe no Fujinami (松資巴藤浪)

Date: 1831-1832

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: Suketakaya Takasuke III held the name of Sawamura Tossh˘ I from the 11th month of 1831 to the 6th month of 1844, and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V held this name from the 11th month of 1815 to the 1st month of 1832.á Therefore, the diptych must date from the 11th month of 1831 to the 1st month of 1832.á I am grateful to Michel Ouellet for this image.á

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