Untitled series of Chűshingura diptychs

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

1849

 

This series of diptychs illustrates a performance of the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura at the Nakamura-za Theater in the 7th month of 1849.á The actors were:

Actor

Role

Iwai Kumesabur˘ III

Lady Kaoyo

Iwai Kumesabur˘ III

ďboshi Rikiya

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

ďbosh Yuranosuke

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

Momonoi Wakanosuke

Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V

Hayano Kanpei

Onoe Baik˘ IV

Okaru

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV

Takano Morona˘

Onoe Shinshichi III

Enya Hangan

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Kakogawa Honzo

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Ono Sadakur˘

Nakamura Tsuruz˘

Sagisaka Bannai

Arashi Kangor˘ I

Owashi Bungo

The series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The two individual sheets of each diptych are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

Act: 1

Description: Ko no Morona˘, the Imperial envoy Momonoi Waka-no-suke & Lady Kaoyo-gozen at the Hachiman Shrine

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Ko no Morona˘ (R), Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V as Momonoi Waka-no-suke and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Kaoyo-gozen

Act: 4

Description: ďboshi Yuranosuke outside the castle by night, holding the dirk with which his lord had performed seppuku

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as ďboshi Rikiya (right) and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as ďboshi Yuranosuke (left)

Act: 6

Description: Hayano Kanpei shooting Ono Sadakur˘

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ono Sadakur˘ (right) and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as Hayano Kanpei (left)

Act:

Description:

Actors: Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as Hayano Kanpei (right) and Onoe Baik˘ IV as Okaru (left)

This diptych is from a different play, but resembles the above series

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Kanemon IV as an artisan () and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as a merchant ()

Right sheet: Seki Sanjűr˘ III as a farmer () and Band˘ Shűka I as a servant ()

Play: Yomito uta Tosa-e no Irodori (四民歌土佐画彩)

Date: 4th month of 1849

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ningy˘-ya Takichi

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