Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
signed Oju Kunisada ga, publisher's seal Waka (Wakasaya Yoichi of Jakurindo), censor's seal kiwame, ca. 1822
oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.2 cm
The series title, Seven Episodes of Komachi of the Yoshiwara (Yoshiwara nana Komachi), refers to a group of seven Noh plays portraying apocryphal incidents in the life of Ono no Komachi (ca. 825-900), one of the Six Immortal Poets (Rokkasen). The print title, Sekidera Komachi, is the name of the play written by Zeami Motokiyo (1363- 1443) which portrays the lonely poetess at the end of her life. In the play, through a conversation with the priest of the Sekidera Temple, Komachi expresses her deep regret of her vanity and the prideful scorn she displayed towards the many would-be suitors of her youth.
Robert Schaap, Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty, 2016, p. 52, no. 19 ('Parrot Komachi'- another print from this series)
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