Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Karahashi Sakujūrō (唐橋作十郎) - right-hand panel of a diptych

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Dates: 1831,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (complete diptych); National Museums Scotland - right panel only; Walters Art Museum - this panel; Walters Art Museum - left panel; National Museums of Scotland - left panel - fresh coloring; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

This is the right-hand panel of a diptych. It commemorates a performance of the play Chūkō homare no futamichi (忠孝誉二街) at the Kadoza in 1831/9. It had been produced on stage as early as 1792.

The struggle in this print appears to be taking place in a temple in front of a huge statue of Emma-O, the chief judge of Hell.


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 275.