Artist: Jukōdō Yoshikuni (寿好堂よし国)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) in the role of a black man or kuronbō (黒んばう) in Western clothing carrying a large piece of coral - from the series Dance of the Nine Changes (Kokonobake no uchi - 九変化ノ内) - from the play Yosete Aratani Kokonobake (よせてあらたにここのばけ)

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Dates: created,1825
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: woodblock print

Signed: Jukōdō Yoshikuni ga
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Lyon Collection - Toyokuni I of Nakamura Shika I in the same role in 1819;Tokyo Metropolitan Library -1819 Kunisada print of the same role; University of the Arts, London; Hankyu Culture Foundation; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Listed in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei Collected Kamigata Actor Prints, vol. 1, Osaka, 1998, no. 364.

There is one other print from this series of 9 in the Lyon Collection. It represents Nakamura Utaemon III as the Tamamo no Mae.

The text on the left side reads: 黒くともよこれめはなし春の海 芝翫

There is another print from this series in Lyon Collection. See the link above.