Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Three actors with multiple mon as a backdrop: Bandō Mitsugorō IV (坂東三津五郎) as Kudō Suketsune on the right; in the center is Sawamura Tosshō I (澤村訥升) as Soga Jūrō and Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) playing Soga Gorō on the left

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Dates: 1833,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Marks 446 - seal 25-210)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1833 playbill for this and one other play;

Physical description:

On each of these figures there is an iori mokko or crest of a four-petaled 'magnolia' flower sheltered under the roof of a hut. This motif is most commonly associated with the Soga brothers. In a 1981 Andon: Bulletin of the Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts it notes that Kudō and the brothers were first cousins once removed, and the boys often wear the same crest without the sidewalls on their formal clothes." This distinction can be seen clearly in this triptych.

Another point of interest is the fact that each costume displays some sort of flying creature: butterflies on the left, sparrows (?) in the middle and a hawk or eagle on the right. (JSV)


This illustrates a performance from the play Fuji o Ōgi to Mimasu Soga (富士扇三升曽我- ふじをおうぎみますそが). (JSV)