Artist: Jukōdō Yoshikuni (寿好堂よし国)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon III (三代目中村歌右衛門) as
Katō Masakiyo (加藤清正) in Hachijin Shugo no Honjō

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Dates: 1820,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signature: Yoshikuni ga
Publisher Toshikuraya Shinbei
(Marks 539 - seal 25-555)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kabuki21 - summary of the play Hachijin Shugo no Honjō; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

There are three prints in the Lyon Collection showing Utaemon III as Katō Masakiyo. Each shows him in the same dramatic costume and is said to date from ca. 1820. The other two are by Hokushū.


While the white circles are the most noticeable element on Masakiyo's outfit they almost distract attention away from the butterfly motif of his obi.



1) In black and white in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, vol. 9, Kodansha, 1989, p. 205, #19.

2) In Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1997, no. 311.

3) In color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 122.