Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: A mitate of one of the 'four social classes' of the shinōkōshō (士農工商) Seki Sanjūrō III as Katsura Matsunoshin (三蓋松之進) in the back right, Bandō Shuka I as Katsumi no Kohide (勝見の小秀) in the center and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Uraume no Kozue (裏梅の梢)

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Dates: 1849,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Daikokuya Heikichi (Marks 029 - seal 01-092)
Censor seals: Hama and Magome

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library - another shinōkōshō print by Kuniyoshi; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the same three figures;

Physical description:

A full understanding of this print escapes us at this time, but we do know several things. The reference to shinōkōshō (士農工商) represents the hierarchy of the various traditional and accepted classes of Japanese society: the shi (士) represent the warrior or samurai class; (農) the farmers; (工) the craftsmen; and shō (商) the merchants.