Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Scene from the play Iro moyo chotto karimame (色彩間苅豆)
Bandō Hikosaburō IV [坂東彦三郎] as Kinoshita Yoemon [木下川与右衛門] on the left,
the figures in the middle panel are Ichikawa Dannosuke V [市川団之助] as
Inaka musume Oriki (田舎娘おりさ) with Nakamura Shibajaku I [中村芝雀]
as Yūnen Shōnin (祐念上人) and Onoe Kikujirō II [尾上菊次郎]
on the right as the ghost of Kasane

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Dates: 1849,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画 - on the right and left panels
Toyokuni ga (豊国画) in the center
Artist's seal: toshidama in red
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō (Marks 556 - seal 03-004)
Censors' seals: Fuku and Muramatsu

Related links: Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Ritsumeikan University; Tokyo Metropolitan Library;

Physical description:

When this triptych was first purchased it was represented as being a scene from the play Tenjiku Tokubei Karakoto Banashi. However, according to the Hankyu Culture Foundation it is from Iro moyo chotto karimame. We give more weight to the latter's attribution than we do to that of the original seller.


Notice the snake coiled around the neck of the kneeling figure in the center panel. It looks like it is about to strike.


There is another copy of the whole triptych in the Tokyo Metropolitan Library.