Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Ichikawa Ebijūrō I as the servant Ranpei in the play Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu (倭仮名在原系図)

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Dates: 1822,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Publishers: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527) and Yamaichi (Marks U438 - seal 25-477)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Library of Congress; Hankyu Culture Foundation; Lyon Collection - Kunisada triptych showing a figure coming through a wall;Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art;

Physical description:

The Osaka actor, Ichikawa Ebijūrō, bursting through a wall with his sword drawn. The liberal use of metallic inks would indicate that this is from a deluxe edition.


The text on the print is signed Shinshō (新升), one of Ebijūrō I's poetry names. It reads:

[signed] 新升


A description of this play can be found at http://www.kabuki21.com/rampei_monogurui.php.

Kabuki21 notes: "The play 'Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu' was originally made up of 5 acts. The fourth act is the sole surviving act and is commonly called 'Rampei Monogurui' ('Rampei's madness') [蘭平物狂]."



1) In Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1997, no. 110.

2) In Kitagawa, Bosuton bijutsukan shozō Kamigata-e mokuroku (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 91