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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Print: Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Gengobei (源五兵衛) in the play
Drawing a crowd for the chorus in the two theaters
(Koe mo Sorou Ryōza no Ōyose - 音揃成両勘大寄) -
the center panel of a triptych

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Dates: 1868,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Kunichika hitsu (国周筆)
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Shimizuya Naojirō (Marks 468 - seal 01-081)

Related links: Waseda University ; Waseda University - right-hand panel; Waseda University - left-hand panel; National Museums of Scotland - another Kunichika print referring to this play;

Physical description:

While the hands of his dying victim grasp at his bloody robes, a ronin or masterless samurai raises the lantern with his gory hand. You can't see it in this print, but Gengobei's bloody right hand is holding a sword in the left-hand panel of the triptych from which this is the center panel.

This print commemorates a performance at the Nakamura Morita Theater in 9/1868.

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There is another image of Gengobei, a magnificent image, in the Lyon Collection, but this one was drawn by Toyokuni I 67 years earlier. See #208.