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Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Koshina Danjō (越名弾正) and Nakayama Yoshio I (中山よしを) as Koshina's wife Irie (Koshina tsuma Irie -女房入江)

Identifier: 1817 Hokushu yoshio ebijuro

This print commemorates a performance of the play Honchō Nijūshi-kō (本朝廿四孝) or Tale of 24 Dutiful Sons. These figures appear in the Kikyo Field scene (Kikyōgahara - 桔梗原). Also, there are three other prints in the Lyon Collection based on elements of the Honchō Nijūshi-kō: #778, a diptych by Yoshitaki; and #s 1115 and 1116, both by Kuniyoshi.

Notice the beautiful pattern of horses on the robe of Koshina Danjō.

Illustrated in Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei, vol. 1, 1997, #71, p. 30. There is also a full-page, color illustration in Osaka Prints by Dean J. Schwaab, p. 70. "This is one of a pair of fan-rom bust portraits executed by Hokushū for the final Utaemon III/Ebijūrō I performance before Utaemon's departure on tour to Edo.... Both prints were published by Honsei, which had begun publishing during the previous year. These may represent the earliest use of the ōban format for bust portraits." (Ibid., p. 71)

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