Polyptychs of four or more sheets

Part I

 

Unless otherwise noted, the individual panels are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

Title of polyptych: Tosenn sono Fuji bitai (とうせん其の富士びたい)

Actors from left:

First:

Second: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII holding a closed fan

Third:

Fourth: Band˘ Shűka I in a female role holding an open fan

Fifth: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V holding a closed fan

Play:

Theater:

Date: 6th month of 1852

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke (海老屋林之助)

Actors: A single sheet from another state of the above polyptych showing Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V

Play:

Theater:

Date: 6th month of 1852

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Title on each sheet: Eight Views of Edo (Azuma hakkei uchi, 東八景内)

Actors from left:

First: Nakamura Utaemon IV as a toshima (mature woman, 旁妻)

Text: Evening bell on the Sumida river (Sumida bansho, 隅田晩鐘)

Second: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Tanzen (丹前)

Text: 深川朧月

Third: Nakamura Utaemon IV as the boatman (船頭)

Text: 高輪帰帆

Fourth: Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Dragon Princess (天女)

Text:á Falling geese at Shinobu no oka (Shinobu no oka rakugan, 忍岡落雁)

Play: Hanagoyomi iro no showake (花翫暦色所八景)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 3rd month of 1839

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors from left:

First: Onoe Matsusuke III as 赤沢十作

Second: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Dozaemon Denkichi (土左衛門伝吉)

Third: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Kichisabur˘ (吉三郎)

Fourth: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as yaoya Oshichi (八百屋お七)

Play: Sono mukashi koi no edozome (其往昔恋江戸染)

Date: 1st month of 1833

Theater: Kawarazaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

Title: Flowers of Edo: Five Otokodate (Edo no hana no gonin otoko, 江戸の花五人男)

Actors from left:

First: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Gokuin Chiemon (極印千右衛門)

Second: Nakamura Shikan II as Otonai (安の平兵衛)

Third: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Fourth: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Rai Shokuro (雷庄九郎)

Fifth: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)

Play:

Theater:

Date: 1835

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: In this polyptych and in the two following, the background is printed entirely in Prussian blue, a style known as aizuri-e

Title: Flowers of Edo: Five Otokodate (Edo no hana no gonin otoko, 江戸の花五人男)

Actors from left:

First: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Gokuin Chiemon (極印千右衛門)

Second: Nakamura Shikan II as Otonai (安の平兵衛)

Third: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Fourth: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Rai Shokuro (雷庄九郎)

Fifth: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)

Play:

Theater:

Date: 1835

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘áá

 

NOTE: This is another state of the preceding pentaptych

Actors from left:

First: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Second: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III

Play:

Theater:

Date: 1832

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Five actors as musicians with insets showing their roles in the play Kanadehon Chűshingura

Actors from left:

First: Band˘ Shűka I with large drum (taiko, 太鼓); inset is Ichimura Takenoj˘ V as ďboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)

Second: Arashi Kishisabur˘ with large hand drum (dai tsuzumi, 大鼓); inset is Band˘ Shűka I as koshimoto Okaru (こし元於かる)

Third: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II with small hand drum (sh˘ tsuzumi, 小鼓); inset is Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hayano Kanpei (早野勘平)

Fourth: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V chanting (, ); inset is Arashi Kishisabur˘ III as Ono Sadakuro (斧定九郎)

Fifth: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII with bamboo flute (fue, ); inset is Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Takano Moronao (高の師直)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 2nd month of 1851

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Te

Actors from left:

First: Nakamura Kanjaku II (died 1842)

Second: Ichimura Kakitsu

Third: Ichikawa Hakuen II (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII)

Fourth: Iwai Shijaku I

Play:

Theater:

Date:

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors from left:

First: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V as Gokuin Chiemon (極印千右衛門)

Second: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)

Third: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Fourth: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Otonai (安の平兵衛)

Fifth: Matsumoto Koshir˘ VI as Rai Shokuro (雷庄九郎)

Play:

Theater:

Date: 1847-1848

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Juz˘

Title: 正名江戸っ子揃(?)見立

Actors from left:

First: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Otonai (安の平兵衛)

Second: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Rai Shokuro (雷正九郎)

Third: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)

Fourth: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Fifth: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Gokuin Chiemon (極印千右衛門)

Play:

Theater:

Date: Not later than 1842

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

This altered version of the above design was published between 1846 and 1852

Title: None

Actors from left:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kaminari no Onaka (雷庄おなか)

Onoe Baik˘ III as Gokuin no Osen (極印のおせん)

Iwai Tojaku I as Hotei no Oichi

Play: A mitate (roles not actually performed on stage)

Date: 1832-1846

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

 

NOTE: Well known actors are shown in female roles.á The resemblance to the Five Otokodate suggests that these three sheets are from a polyptych of five sheets.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors from left:

First: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Maidzuru (まいづる)

Second: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Soga no Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗)

Third: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Kudo Saemon (工藤祐つね)

Fourth: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Jűr˘ Sukenari (十郎祐成)

Play: Fuji Ogito Mimasu Soga (富士扇三升曽我)

Date: 1st month of 1833

Theater: Kawarazaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Title: Teijo misaho kagami (貞女みさほかゞみ or てい女みさほ鏡)á

Description: Actor in front of silhouettes of revelers in a greenhouse (brothel)

Actors from left:

First: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as 鳶ノ佐七

Second: Unidentified actor as Fukuoka Mitsugi

(福岡貢) subduing a foe

Third: Sawamura Sojűr˘ V Hachirobee (八郎兵衛)

Fourth: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Gengobei (源五兵へ)

Fifth: Sawamura Chojűr˘ V as Nagoya Sensabur˘ (名古屋山三)á

Play: Godairiki Koi no Fűjime (五大力恋緘)

Theater:

Date: 1846 or earlier

Publisher: Hon-ya Genpachi

Title: Mitate Kinryűzan kaich˘ no zu (見立金龍山開帳の図, Imaginary Scene of the Display of Secret Image at Kinryűzan Temple)

Actors from left:

Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Onoe Baik˘ IV

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII and Onoe Kikugor˘ III

Matsumoto Koshir˘ VI as ほり房次 and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as Lady Iwafuji ( 岩藤)

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as 来国俊 and Band˘ Shűka I as Ohatsu (おはつ)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as 石☆武助 and Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Oren (おれん)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Polyptych title: Collection of Eight Ken Games of the East (Azuma hakken shű, 東八拳集)

Description: ďban polyptych of actors playing ken

1. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
2.
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
3.
Ichikawa Hirogor˘
4. Onoe Baik˘ IV
5. Band˘ Takesabur˘ V
6. Onoe Kikujir˘ II
7. Arashi Otokichi
8. Iwai Kumesabur˘
III
9. Seki Sanjűr˘
III
10. Arashi Kichisabur˘
III
11. ďtani Tomoemon IV
12. Band˘ Shűka
13. Arashi Rikan
III
14. Nakamura Tsuruz˘
15. Nakayama Bungor˘ II
16. Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Date: 7th month of 1852

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi (left two sheets) and Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei (right two sheets)

Title: Parodies on the Five Elements (Mitate gogy˘)

Description: Prince Genji watching beauties in a boat

Date: 1848

Publisher:

Description: Boys parading on the shore at sunset

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: Modern Checkered Materials for Night Cooling among the Flowers (T˘ji ichimatsu hana no yo-suzumi, 當時一松花の夜涼)

Description: Women in checkered robes, each standing before an oversized flower

Date: c. 1848

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

NOTE: These prints are listed as series number 112 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á However, the continuous nature of the background suggests that these sheets were intended to be placed side-by-side to form a polyptych.

Another state of the above prints published by Iba-ya Kyűbei

Title: Illustration of the Second Floor from the Kadoebiya Pleasure House in Shin-Yoshiwara

Date: c. 1840-1850

Publisher: No seal

Description: Bijin dressed as otokodate, separated by stylized cloud bands

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Kame-ya Iwakichi

Beauties from left:

First: Matsu__ of the Nomatsuya in Edo

Second: Toyoka of the Okamotoya with her kamuro Kiyono and Hanano

Third: Tamasho of the Yatama with her kamuro Hazsune and Iroka

Fourth: Usugumo (薄雲) of the Tama-ya

Fifth: Hanao of theá ďgi-ya

Date: 1846 or earlier

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Description: Unidentified actors

Date: 1846-1849

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir˘

 

NOTE: The three sheets on the right have seals of censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura, dating them to 1846-1848.á The two left hand sheets have seals of censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura, dating them to 1849.á Most likely, the three right sheets were conceived as a triptych that was later expanded.

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