Polyptychs of four or more sheets

Part II

 

áActors from left:

Arashi Shichigor˘ IV as Mank˘ (まんかう), Band˘ Aiz˘ I as ďt˘nai (大藤内), Kataoka Yoshimatsu as Nitta Shiro (仁田四郎), Nakamura Shikan II as Matano Gor˘ (又野五郎), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kogorobe (小五郎兵衛), Nakayama Mijoshi I as Ohime (大姫君), and Matsumoto Koshir˘ V as Kagekiyo (景清)

Yamashina Jinkichi IV as Zenjibofu (ぜんじぼふ), S˘riy˘ Jinroku II as Genta (源太), Band˘ Mitsuemon I as Hataemon (畑右衛門), Segawa Michinosuke II as Naruto Hitomaru (人丸), Mimasu Gennosuke I as Denz˘ (伝三), Osagawa Tsuneyo IV as Tsukisayo (月小夜), Mimasu Daizabur˘ I as Kiichi H˘gen (鬼一), Band˘ Minosuke III as Inub˘maru (犬坊丸), and Ichikawa Jiuyoshiz˘ III as Jűnai (十内)

Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Sh˘sh˘ (少々), Band˘ Hikozaemon II as Heiji (平二), Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Maidzuru (まいずる), Onoe Matsusuke III as Dansabur˘ (団三郎), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Gor˘ (五郎), and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Jűr˘ (十郎)

Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I as Ninomiya (二の宮), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kud˘ Suketsune (工藤), Iwai Kumetar˘ as Katakai (片貝), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as ďmi (近江), and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Yahata (八幡)

Arashi Kanjűr˘ I as Yoshimori (義盛), Iwai Tojaku I as Oiso no Tora (大磯のとら), Kataoka Ichiz˘ I as Asahina (朝比奈), Ichikawa Shinnosuke III as Gor˘maru (五郎丸), and Ichikawa Danz˘ V as Onio (鬼王)

Naritaya Sobee I as Heiz˘ (平三), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V as Noriyori (のりより), Arashi Kamenoj˘ II as Izayoi (十六夜), Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Sukekane (すけかね), Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Shigetada (重忠), and ďtani Tomoemon IV as Tochib˘ (とち坊)

 

Title on left sheet: Portrayal of the Glorious Soga Story from the Three Great Theatres of Edo, First Part (Dai Edo sanza mitate sh˘ei Soga hatsu-hen, 大江戸 三座 見立昌栄曽我 初編)

Title on right sheet: Portrayal of the Glorious Soga Story from the Three Great Theatres of Edo, Second Part (Dai Edo sanza mitate sh˘ei Soga ato-hen, 大江戸三座見立昌栄曽我 後編)

Description: Actors in roles from various plays about the Soga brothers

Date: c. 1833

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘ (川口屋正蔵)

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the images and information about this polyptych.

This alternate state of the above design has several differences including:á

áIwai Kumetar˘ (岩井粂太郎) and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I (坂東玉三郎) as Katakai (片貝)á

Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I (坂東玉三郎) and Segawa Tamon II (瀬川多門) as Ninomiya (二の宮)á

This polyptych, from 1850-1853, is composed of key block prints of actors off-stage.á A key block print is an impression pulled from the first woodblock made by a carver from the artistĺs original drawing.á The artist would write instructions for each color on a separate key block print, and the woodblock for each color was cut using one of these as a guide.á In addition to being a guide for carving the color woodblocks, the key block was also used to apply black ink (usually) in the printing process.

Title: Pictures of the Evening Cool at Ryog˘ku (両國夕涼之圖)

Description: Actors off stage with fireworks near the Ry˘goku Bridge

Date: 1849

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘ (川口屋正蔵)

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Description: Actors standing in front of a screen, from left to right:

Matsumoto Koshir˘ V as Rai Shokuro (雷正九郎)

Nakamura Shikan II as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as the bandit Yasuno Heibei (安野平兵衛)

Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Gokuin Chiemon (極印千右衛門) 

Date: c. 1828-1832

Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon

Title: New Yearĺs First Dream of Soga Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin Soga no hatsuyume, 七福神曽我之初夢)

Description: Characters from The Tale of the Soga Brothers in the guise of the seven lucky gods

Date: Early 1847 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Actors from left: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Tanzen (丹前) and the Heron Maiden (鷺娘)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sukeroku (助六) and his wife (旁妻)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as a boatman (船乗) and the Celestial Maiden (天女)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ameuri no Sekish˘ (飴売の夕照) and in an unidentified role

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

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 3rd month of 1839

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors from left: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V, Ichimura Uzaemon XII, Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, and Nakamura Kanemon IV

Date: 1847-1850

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Title: Series of Beauties (Bijin sor˘i, 美人そろうい)

Date: c. 1834

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: These prints are aizuri-e.á The panel on the left is from a different state than the other panels, which have more text.

Warriors from left: Yamagata Saburohei Masakage (山縣三郎兵衛昌景), Takeda Sama-no-suke Nobushige (武田佐馬介源信繁), Takeda Hossh˘-in Harunobu Nyűd˘ Shingen (武田晴信入道信玄), Yamamoto Kansuke Haruyuki Nyűd˘ D˘kisai (山本勘助入道道鬼蔡晴幸), and Kosaka Danj˘-no- Masanobu (高坂 弾正定 昌信)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi

Date: c. 1845

 

NOTE: Each panel represents a seated champion on the Takeda side in the Kawanakajima campaign with biographical text above by Sh˘tei Kinsui.á The top of each print is shaded off with Takeda mon reserved.á Three of these panels are listed as S95f.5 in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Panels from another state of the above polyptych without the green ground, also published by Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi

Another state of the preceding polyptych with purple shading on top published by Miyakozawa (seal name T˘zawa, 都沢)

Series: A Series of Five on Shellfish Gathering (Shiohi goban uchi, 汐干五番内)

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Date: c. 1830

 

NOTE: These prints are listed in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998) as series 2.a.4.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors from left:

Sawamura T˘z˘ III (澤村東蔵) Yamashita Kinsaku IV (山下金作)

Ichikawa Sannoj˘ I (市川 三之丞) and Nakamura Kotoji (中村琴糸)

Sawamura Kikuz˘ (沢村紀久蔵) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III (尾上栄三郎)

Iwai Haruji (岩井春治) and Iwai Hanshir˘ VI (岩井半四郎)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 3rd month of 1833

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

 

NOTE: The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University attributes this polyptych to the 1833 performance of Kanadehon Chűshingura (accessions 005-0141 and 005-0142).

The two sheets on the right are from different states of the above polyptych.á The sheet on the left has a slightly different layout and is published by Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘.á It shows Onoe Eizabur˘ III (尾上栄三郎) and Segawa Kikusabur˘ III (瀬川菊三郎)

Title: Matsuchiyama in the Eastern Capital (T˘to Matsuchiyama no zu, 東都真乳山の図)

Description: Aizuri-e polyptych of beautiful women with mountains in the background

Date: c. 1834

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Three sheets from another state of the above polyptych

Title: None

Description: The Sanno Matsuri paradeá

Date: Probably 1844 (censor Tanaka)

Publishers: Nuno-Kichi (seal name 布吉) and Murata-ya Tetsu (seal name 村鉄)

 

NOTE: Each sheet is about 10 by 7 inches (25 by 18 centimeters), a size known as chűban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

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