Artist: Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春)

Print: Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Osome (おそめ) on the right and Ichikawa Danzō V as Hisamatsu on the left in the play Somemoyo Imose no Kadomatsu [染模様妹背門松]

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Dates: 1830 - 1832,created
Dimensions: 20.25 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gyokuryūtei Shigeharu ga
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg - left panel (trimmed); Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel;

Physical description:

A diptych with bust portraits of the actors Arashi Rikan II on the right as Osome and Ichikawa Danzō V as Hisamatsu on the left in the role of Hisamatsu. A border of New Year's game cards, balls and battledore and shuttlecock and calligraphy.


Unlike other kabuki themes the story of Osome and Hisamatsu is included in nearly all the volumes written about this form of theater.


Illustrated in 1) in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 143

And the right-hand panel in black and white in 2) in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 137. The left-hand panel is illustrated in color in the same volume on p. 107.