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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Okoma (おこま) menacing
a cat which was trying to steal a purse of gold coins

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Dates: circa 1818,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Kawaguchiya Uhei
(Marks 232 - seal 21-142)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Bank of Japan Currency Museum; Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow; Waseda University - harimaze print with a woman with a cat on her shoulder;

Physical description:

We are still trying to determine the nature of this Okoma role and why there is a cat in this print. After searching for that name in other prints we found only one example where 'Okoma' forms part of a name of an onnagata seen with a cat nestled on her shoulder. However, that print was produced nearly fifty years later and is only one element of a hashira-e. [See the link to Waseda University above.] This print may or may not be related to the print in the Lyon Collection.