Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Triptych: The Flute - Matsumoto Kinshō I as Sumiyoshi no reijin Fujitarō (住吉の住人富士太郎) on the left, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Asama Saemon (浅間左エ門) in the center, and Onoe Baikō IV as Umegae (梅ヶ枝) on the right from the play Fukujukai Muryō Denki (福聚海駒量伝記)

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

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri in red - on left and right sheets only
Publisher: Yahataya Sakujirō (Marks 581 - seal 02-060)
Censor seals: Mera and Watanabe

Related links: Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel; Lyon Collection - panel showing Hidari Jingorō;

Physical description:

A kabuki scene at night under flowering cherry trees, with a bijin playing a flute.

Ex B. W. Robinsin collection.


The Hankyu Culture Foundation is the source for the names of the actors in this triptych, because only the roles are identified. It appears to be closely linked to the story of Hidari Jingorō. (See Lyon Collection #1028.)