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

Print: Yamatoya Baiga (大和屋梅我) at Chidori no Tamagawa (千鳥の玉川) in Mutsu Province from the series 'Actors with Six Jewel Faces' (Haiyū mutama-gao - 俳優六玉顔)

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Dates: circa 1832,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tōbei
(Marks 591 - seal 15-005)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Library of Congress; Waseda University ; Lyon (others in this series);Victoria and Albert Museum; Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden;

Physical description:

The Six Jewel Rivers were noted beauty spots of antiquity. The title of this series is a pun on the words kawa (river) and kao (face). In this magnificent set, for the landscape background Kunisada took advantage of the fashionable vogue for prints in the new imported Prussian blue pigment.

Baiga "...is wearing a long-sleeved summer robe decorated with a pattern composed of the characters of his name, Iwai. On his head he wears a purple silk-cloth (murasaki-bōshi) held in place by a pin decorated with his crest. He carries a fan with a flowering plum design."

Illustrated in Izzard, Kunisada's World p. 142, cat. #66/1.


The aizuri-e background with a flock of plovers was inspired by a poem by the priest Nōin (能因: 988-ca. 1050-55).


There is also another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.