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

Print: Kawarazaki Sanshō (河原崎三升) as the otokodate
Kaminari Shōkurō (雷庄九郎) from series of at least 5 actors with umbrellas

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Dates: 1864,created
Dimensions: 9.9 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: konome ni makasete
hachijūhachisai Toyokuni ga

Publisher: Maruya Kyūshirō
(Marks 298 - seal 01-064)
Carver: Hori Dai
Combined censor and seal: aratame 1864/11
Number: 3 (三)

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Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I did not take the Sanshō name until September 1873. However, Sanshō was one of his poetry names. Perhaps that explains the name of the figure holding the umbrella in this print from 1864. Maybe the poem along the right side is his.


The otokodate frequently carried shakuhachi> flutes both for playing and to as symbols of their authority because they often used them as weapons. In this image the 'puppet' is carrying it on his back and can be seen partially poking out near his right shoulder. (JSV)