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

Print: Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (市川團十郎) as Yorikane (頼兼実ハ道鉄) - right panel of a diptych

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Dates: circa 1825 - 1830,created
Dimensions: 9.3 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Iwatoya Kisaburō (Marks 173 - seal 23-018)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: National Diet Library - right panel of a diptych - go to #23; National Diet Library - left panel of a diptych - go to #24;

Physical description:

This print represents a scene from the play Date kurabe Okuni kabuki (伊達競阿国戯場).


The Takao/Yorikane plays were actually loosely based on true historical events "...related to the succession disputes within the Date clan in Sendai in the 1660s. The legitimacy of the daimyo Date Tsunamune and his heirs was challenged when it was disclosed that Tsunamune was enamored of the famous courtesan Takao II of the Great Miura bordello (the legend that inspired the kabuki play was a colorful mix of fact and fiction)."

Quoted from: "Wild Boars and Dirty Rats: Kyōka Surimono Celebrating Ichikawa Danjūrō VII as Arajishi Otokonosuke" by John T. Carpenter, Impressions, no. 28, 2006-2007, p. 47.