Artist: Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦ゆき)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右ェ門) as Yorikane (頼兼) on the right and Fujikawa Kayū II (藤川花友) as Takao (高尾) on the left from the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi [伽藍先代萩]

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Dates: created,1816
Dimensions: 10.5 in,15.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ashiyuki ga (芦幸画)
Publisher: Shioya Chōbei (Marks 475 - seal 25-092)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel;

Physical description:

Yorikane can often be identified by the sparrow and bamboo motif on or near him. Takao is often seen wearing robes with maple leaves or they are somewhere nearby.


Reference: Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1997, no. 202.


There is another copy of this diptych in the Kamigata Osaka Museum.


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.