Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: Bandō Mitsugorō III, under his poetry name Bandō Shūka (坂東秀桂), from the series Actors Compared to Flowers (Yakusha hana awase - 役者花合)

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Dates: 1828,created
Dimensions: 10.125 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Echizenya Kihei
(Marks 047 - seal closest to 01-052)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Vegder's blog - a discussion of the toshidama motif;

Physical description:

Bandō Mitsugorō is portrayed under his poetry name within a large black toshidama below dramatically oxidized orchids.


There are 5 other prints in the Lyon Collection showing actors portraits enclosed by large toshidama motifs. Those are by Toyokuni III and were created about thirty plus years after this example. (See Lyon Collection #s 1573-1577).