Selected Brother-pictures of 30 Chosen Trees and Flowers

(E-kydai mitate san-j bokkwa-sen, 繪鏡臺見立三十木花撰)

Publisher: Jsh-ya Kinz

c. 1845

 

In this series, bust portraits of kabuki actors are paired with trees and flowers. In most cases, the name of the plant is similar to the name of another character in the play. The play titles are tentative. The prints may actually represent a similar play with the same characters, which was a common practice at the time. The series is listed as number 155 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this section.

 

 

Actor:

Role: Shino Inuzuka (信乃 犬たで)

Plant: Red knotweed (inutade, 犬蓼)

Character suggested by plant:

Play: Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono

 

 

 

 

Actor: Probably Band Shka I

Role: Oshiyun Shirafuji (おしゆん しらふぢ)

Plant: Wisteria (fuji, )

Character suggested by plant: Shirafuji Genta

Play: Hanashobu Ukina no kaobure

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjr VIII

Role: Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門)

Plant: Flowering gourd vine

Character suggested by plant:

Play: Sanmon Gosan no Kiri

 

 

Actor:

Role: Seigen-ni Matsuwaka (清玄尼 松若)

Plant: Young pine (matsuwaka, 松若)

Character suggested by plant: Matsuwakamaru (松若丸)

Play: Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome

 

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Role: Kiyomori Tokiwa no matsu (清盛 ときはの松)

Plant: Evergreen pine (tokiwa no matsu, ときはの松)

Character suggested by plant: Tokiwa Gozen (常盤御前)

Play: Tokiwa Gozen is a character in many plays

 

 

Actor: Iwai Kumesabur III

Role: Shirai Gonpachi Komurasaki (白井権八 小むらさき)

Plant: Iris (komurasaki, 小むらさき)

Character suggested by plant: Miuraya Komurasaki (みうらや小紫)

Play: Sono Kouta Yume mo Yoshiwara

Text: 隠れ家も目にたつ水や杜若 六九舎双峰

 

 

Actor:

Role: Yae Sakuramaru (八重 さくら丸)

Plant: Peonies

Character suggested by plant: Yaes husband Sakuramaru (桜丸)

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

 

 

 

 

Actor: Sawamura Tossh I (Sawamura Sjr V)

Role: Chbei Umegawa (忠兵衛 梅川)

Plant: Prunus (ume, )

Character suggested by plant: Umegawa or Umekawa (梅川)

Play: Meido no Hikyaku

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Oni yuri (おにゆり)

Plant: Tiger lilies (oni yuri, 鬼百合)

Character suggested by plant:

Play:

 

Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker

 

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Yorikane (Ashikaga) Takao no momiji (よりかね 高雄のもみぢ)

Plant: Japanese Maple (momiji, 紅葉)

Character suggested by plant: The courtesan Takao (高雄)

Play: Probably Date kurabe Okuni kabuki

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Akitsushima (Kuniemon) Oni Azami (秋津嶋 鬼あさみ)

Plant: Demon Thistle (Oni azami, 鬼薊)

Character suggested by plant: The wrestler Onigadake (Horaemon) (鬼ヶ嶽)

Play: Probably Sekitori Nidai no shobu zuke

Text: 刺ともにまけて活けり鬼薊 六九舎双峰

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Genshichi Yaegiri (源七 八重ぎり)

Plant: Paulownia (kiri, )

Character suggested by plant: Yaegiri (八重桐)

Play: Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi - Selected 'Brother-pictures' of 30 Chosen Trees & Flowers, an actor as Abe no Yasuna in a mirror decorated with leaves, 401-0015

 

Actor:

Role: Abe no Yasuna Kuzunoha (安部の保名 くずの葉)

Plant: Japanese arrowroot leaf (kuzunoha, くずの葉)

Character suggested by plant: Kuzunoha, The Fox Wife (Kitsune)

Play: Ashiya dman uchi kagami or its excerpt, Kuzu-no-ha

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Miyamoto Musashi Itohagi (宮本無三四 糸はき)

Plant: Trailing lespedeza (itohagi, 糸萩)

Character suggested by plant: Itohagi, daughter of Shirakura Dengoemon

Play: Katakiuchi Ganryjima

Text: 糸萩の素直や風の柳より 六九舎双峰

 

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Watnai Sakura (和藤内 さくら)

Plant: Cherry (sakura)

Character suggested by plant:

Play: Kokusenya Gassen

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: The courtesan Miyagino Shinobu (宮城野 志のふ)

Plant: Hares foot fern (shinobu, )

Character suggested by plant:

Play: Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi or its excerpt Ageya

 

 

 

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