Surimono of actors,

Part I

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor in the role of a seated geisha playing the shamisen

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers (setsugekka)

Description: Actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III in the role of a seated geisha playing the shamisen

Inset: A set of boxes upon a plaited basket on a yoke

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

Date: c. 1834

Schaap: 2.b.1.1

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor as a seated beauty holding cat against her bosom, Inset-theater program

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers (setsugekka)

Description: Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as a seated beauty holding a cat against her bosom, with poems by Ryuotei Gijutsu and Ryukwayen Suien

Inset: A theater program and ticket

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

Date: c. 1834

Schaap: 2.b.1.2

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ V seated by a hibachi with tobacco pipe; buckets filled with fish in in inset, c

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers (setsugekka)

Description: Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ V seated by a hibachi with tobacco pipe

Inset: buckets filled with fish

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

Date: c. 1834

Schaap: 2.b.1.3

 

Description:

Size: Three Shikishiban from a triptych (each sheet is about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Date: c. 1838-1840

Schaap: 2.c.7

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for the image of the center sheet

Kuniyoshi - Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as geisha squatting on a veranda, c

 

Description: Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as geisha squatting on a veranda

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

Date: c. 1835

Schaap: 2.d.1.6

 

Kuniyoshi - (surimono) untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers, Snow, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II

 

Series: A Set of Three (Sanbantsuzuki, 三番続)

Title: Snow

Description: Actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ II in a female role standing on a bank of the Sumida River with an umbrella in the snow, with a poem by Ryű˘tei Hananari

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

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.6.2 (listed as a bijin surimono)

Kuniyoshi - (surimono) untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers, Moon, Iwai Tojaku I

 

Series: A Set of Three (Sanbantsuzuki, 三番続)

Title: Moon

Description: Actor Iwai Tojaku I in a female role seated by a sh˘ji screen resting his hands on a long pipe, with a poem by Ryű˘tei Hananari

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

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.6.1 (listed as a bijin surimono)

Kuniyoshi - (surimono) untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers, Flowers, Onoe Kikugor˘ III

 

Series: Untitled series of snow, moon, and flowers (setsugekka)

Title: Flowers

Description: Actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III in a female role holding a fan and seated on a mat under a flowering cherry tree, withá a poem by Ryű˘tei Hananari

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

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.d.1.7

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

Kuniyoshi - (surimono) untitled series of Snow, Moon, and Flowers, Flowers, Onoe Kikugor˘ III (alt)

 

Another state of the above print in which the blue of the sky does not reach the top

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III reclining in a boat with a pipe in his hand

 

Description: Actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III reclining in a boat with a pipe in his hand

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

Date:

Schaap: 2.1

 

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Arajishi Otokonosuke in 'Meiboku sendai hagi'

 

 

Description: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII in the role of Arashishi Otokonosuke seated on a stool with a iron war-fan between his teeth in a scene from the kabuki play Meiboku Sendai hagi.á There is a white rat in a bat-shaped cartouche in the top right corner, and two poems are inscribed above.

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

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: 1830

Schaap: 2.2

 

Description: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV performing a dance on a hobbyhorse

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

Date:

Schaap: 2.3

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII kneeling in a performance of Shibaraku with his long sword upright to the left

 

Description: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII kneeling in a performance of Shibaraku with his long sword upright to the leftá

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

Date: c. 1837-1838

Schaap: 2.4

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as a lord holding a raised sword in his left hand and holding on to an opponents lance which he is pressing down to the ground

 

Description: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as a lord holding a raised sword in his left hand and holding on to a constableĺs lance, which he is pressing down to the ground

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

Date: Early 1830s

Schaap: 2.5

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as a lord holding a raised sword in his left hand and holding on to an opponents lance which he is pressing down to the ground (Alt

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this variant state of the above surimono

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as a lord holding a raised sword in his left hand and holding on to an opponents lance which he is pressing down to the ground (Alt.)

 

Yet another state of the above surimono with a different poem in the left upper corner

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Benkei battling actor Iwai Shiaku in the role of Yoshitsune , early 1830s

 

Description: Actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Benkei battling actor Iwai Shijaku I (or Iwai Kumesabur˘ II) as the young Yoshitsune

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

Date: c. 1829-1832

Schaap: 2.6

 

I am grateful to and Lucienne Parkan for this alternate state of the above design.

Kuniyoshi - (shikishiban) Two battledores with portraits of actors Sawamura Tossh˘ as Soga no Jűr˘ (R) & Band˘ Shűka as his mistress Maizuru (L)

 

Description: Two battledores with portraits of actors Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Soga no Jűr˘ (right) and Band˘ Shűka as his mistress Maizuru (left)

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

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.7

 

ôSchaapö refers to listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998).

 

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