Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Bandō Mitsugorō (坂東三津五郎) as (Ume) Yoshibei (由兵衛) from the play 'The Gion Festival Chronicle of Faith' (Gion Sairei Shinkōki - 祇園祭礼信仰記)

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Dates: 1815,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga ((豊国画))
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke
(Marks 548 - seal 01-107)
Censors seal: kiwame and Hamako

Related links: Lyon Collection - Kunihiro print of Ume Yoshibei;Ritsumeikan University - another panel from this composition;

Physical description:

This print represents a kabuki production from 5/1815.

The figure of Yoshibei standing on the stage is about to draw his sword. The number five (五) printed in a circle in the lower right of this print should give us an idea of the size of this original multi-panel artwork - a pentaptych. Or, it could be one of five or more prints honoring different roles by this talented actor.

The birds decorating the garments worn by Bandō Mitsugorō indicate that this character is Ume no Yoshibei (梅由兵衛).

same character 50 years later