Designs of Modern Actors for Collage-pictures Battledores

(T˘sei yakusha oshi-e hagoita, 當盛役者押絵羽子板)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

1832-1833

 

Battledores (hago-ita) are rackets used in a game similar to badminton called ôbattledore and shuttlecockö in English and ôhanetsukiö in Japanese. A shuttlecock (hane) is volleyed back-and-forth without a net. The game is usually played by women and children. In this series of prints, kabuki actors are pictured on battledores. This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Paul Steier for information about these prints.

Actors: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III as Kenmotsu (監もつ, left), Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Nanaaya (七あや, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kid˘maru (鬼童九, right)

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I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors: Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Usui Sadamitsu (貞光, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Seinei (せいねい, center), and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Watanabe no Tsuna (, right) á

Play: Band˘ musha tsunagate Hajime (坂東武者綱手始)

Date: 11th month of 1832

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Actors: Arashi Kanjűr˘ I as Kawagoe (川ごへ, left), Iwai Tojaku I as Tatsuyasha (辰やしや, center), and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Taira no Yoshikado (よし門right)

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Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Oharu (おはる, left), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Hirotsuna (ひろつな, center), and Kataoka Ichiz˘ I as Igarashi (いがらし, right)

Play: Tarutozome iroe no shiratami (鳴門染色絵白波)

Date: 1st month of 1833

Theater: Ichimura

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Yoshihisa (義久, left), Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Suke no Tsubone (すけのつぼね, center), and Nakamura Shikan II as Kagekiyo (かげきよ, right)

Play: Goban Tadanobu yuki no nachiguro (碁盤忠信雪黒石)

Date: 11th month of 1832

Theater: Nakamura

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