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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as the Buddhist nun Seigen (清玄尼) on the left and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (市川団十郎) as Matsuwaka (松若)

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Dates: 1847,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Artist's seal: kiri in red
Publisher: Jōshuya Kinzō
(Marks 192 - 25-292)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Related links: Waseda University - left panel; Waseda University - right panel; Lyon Collection - 1820 Kunisada print of Matsukawa in a boat - one panel of a triptych;Lyon Collection - 1835 Kunisada triptych;

Physical description:

This is from the play Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irotoki (台比雪花隅色薗) performed in the 3rd month of 1847.

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There are a number of prints in the Lyon Collection showing either the nun Seigen or Matsukawa or both. See the links above.

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These two panels show Iwai Kumesaburō III on the left performing opposite Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII. This commemorates a performance four years before Kumesaburō was raised to the level of a tateonnagata or the highest position an onnagata can hold in the theater.

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A bijin kneeling and shyly raising her arm; flowering bush clover and a full moon behind her.

Ex B. W. Robinson collection