Artist: Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦ゆき)

Print: Arashi Rikan II as Miyamoto Musashi in the snow in the play
Katakiuchi Nitō Eiyuki [復讐二島英雄記]

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Dates: 1832,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gigadō Ashiyuki ga
Publisher: Izutsuya Denbei (Marks 186 - seal 07-030)

Related links: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Freer/Sackler Galleries - misidentified; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

Dean Schwaab in Osaka Prints, p. 154, says: "This print gives neither actor nor role. It is very delicately but clearly printed, with the grass cloak in gauffrage and the dark robes richly overprinted with metallic brocade patterns. The quiet, softly shaded snowscape, with the hint of spring in the running water and bird, perfectly offsets the foreground figure. The poems are written in silver and seem to fade into the snow. They celebrate the spring season."


According to OsakaPrints.com there are two poems on this print. The first is signed Rikkaen and reads:

Na no hana ni
sekai kana

The whole world is covered
by the yellow flowers
of the rapeseed

The second poem is signed Rikan:
Yuku michi o
saguri ashi nari

Walking along the path,
I feel my way with my feet,
night of the veiled moon



1) In Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 1, Osaka, 1998, no. 301.

2) In color in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, vol. 9, Kodansha, 1989, #245.