Surimono of actors,

Part II



Title: Great Wrestler-actors of the East (Adzuma no o-sekitori yakusha)

Description: Actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V) (right) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (left) with a sum˘ umpire's fan.á Kunisada designed the portrait of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (right) and Kuniyoshi designed the portrait of Nakamura Utaemon IV

Size: Dai ˘ban (about 13.75 by 18.25 inches or 34.5 by 45.5 centimeters)

Date: 1850

Schaap: 1.b.1

Description: Folding album with paintings of actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Ushiwakamaru (left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kiichi H˘gen (right)

Size: 43 x 51 cm.

Date: 1849

Schaap: 1.b.2


NOTE: The flowering gourd, which is Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIIIĺs symbol, was drawn by Shibata Zeshin.

Description: Actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Soga no Gor˘ (right), unidentified actor as Maizuru and another actor as Asahina Sabur˘.á Maizuru is tugging on a piece of Soga no Gor˘ĺs armor while Asahina Sabur˘ watches.

Size: 43.1 by 56.5 centimeters

Date: 1851-1852

Schaap: 1.b.3

Title: Praise given to Ichikawa Sansho (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII) from the Shiba Group and the Uogashi Group

Description: A scene from the Boysĺ Festival with a large carp streamer partially obscured by a banner of actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII in the role of Sh˘ki

Size: 16 x 21 inches (40 by 52.5 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Masa

Date: 1849

Schaap: 1.b.4


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Description: A large head portrait of an actor in a female role



Schaap: 1.c.1

Description: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV resting on one knee and holding a mortar

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

Date: c. 1845-1846

Schaap: 1.c.2

Description: Actors Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV (right) and Sawamura Tossh˘ (left) fighting

Size: 21.5 by 28.3 centimeters

Date: Early 1830s

Schaap: 1.c.3


Image courtesy of Richard Illing

Description: Actors Iwai Hanshir˘ V as the courtesan Nishikido (left) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (right) as a female pilgrim fighting off a ruffian.á This is a scene from the kabuki play 江戸育娘道成寺 (no translation available) performed in the Nakamura Theater in Edo in the eleventh month of 1827.á

Size: Shikishiban diptych (each sheet is about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Date: 1828

Schaap: 2.c.1

This print is missing Kuniyoshiĺs signature and the text in the cartouche.

Description: Actors Onoe Kikugor˘ III with a bow (right) and Iwai Hanshir˘ VI holding monkey mask (left) in roles suggesting Minamoto Yorimasa shooting the nue

Size: Shikishiban diptych (each sheet is about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Date: c. 1835

Schaap: 2.c.2

Description: Actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII) as a lord (left), Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as O-Sode, wife of Yomoshichi (center) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Tamiya Iemon (R) in the kabuki play ĹTokaido yotsuya kaidanĺ

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

Date: 1836

Schaap: 2.c.5

A sheet from another state of the above triptych, courtesy of Marc DeVrieseá

Description: Actor Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as a miko (shrine maiden) holding an open fan between her teeth (right), an actor as a geisha tuning her shamisen (center) and actor Onoe Kikugor˘ III standing by a palanquin and tying her obi (left).á Only the right and left panels are illustrated.

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

Date: 1836

Schaap: 2.c.7

Description: A battledore, a shuttlecock and an envelope of cards for the game of sugoroku.á Actors as the Soga brothers are pictured on the envelope.

Size: 8 x 11 inches (hanshibon)


Schaap: Not listed


NOTE: Although this resembles a surimono, it is actually a two page spread from the ehon (illustrated book) Suigyoren ky˘ka sugoroku (水魚連狂歌雙六).

Description: Bust portraits of two actors



Schaap: Not listed

Description: Memorial portrait (shini-e) of actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Size: ďban triptych (each panel is about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Date: 1854

Schaap: Not listed

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