Toyohara Kunichika


Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Otomo Kuronushi, Iwai Hanshiro VIII as Sumizomezakura, and Ichikawa Sadanji as Munesada

the center sheet signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu, published by Yamamura Kinzaburo, 1878

oban tate-e triptych 14 3/4 by 29 1/2 in., 37.4 by 75 cm

Although the performance is not identified, the roles relate to the kabuki dance-drama, Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no to (Spirit of the Cherry Tree). From right to left, the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838-1903) is in the role of the villain, Otomo Kuronushi, at this moment disguised as the gatekeeper Sekibe, holding a large axe, as he encounters Iwai Hanshiro VIII (1829-1882) as the spirit of the cherry tree in the form of the ghostly Sumizomezakura, and to the left, Ichikawa Sadanji (1842-1904) is in the role of Munesada, the brother of her lover, Yasusada, who was murdered by Kuronushi.

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University Library, accession nos. 007-1187, 007-1188, 007-1189

price: $850 (reserved)


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