Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

1797-1861

A Play of an Old Legend: Apparition of the Monstous Cat at the Old Temple, The Ghost Cat of Okazaki
(Mukashibanashi no gi nekomata toshi o hete furudera ni kai o nasu zu)

titled on the left sheet at the upper left corner, Mukashibanashi no gi nekomata toshi o hete furudera ni kai o nasu zu, each sheet signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, with censor's seals, Kinugasa (Kinugasa Fusajiro), Hama (Hama Yahei), published by Wakau, the actors' roles identified from the left, Teranishi Kanshin and Inabanosuke, ca. 1847-1852

oban tate-e triptych 14 by 29 5/8 in., 35.5 by 75.1 cm

The actor Sawamura Sojuro V (1802-1853) is in the role of Teranishi Kanshin, the actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII (1812-1851) is in the role of Inabanosuke, and the actor Onoe Kikugoro III (1784-1849) is in the role of Usugomo with the ghost cat of Okazaki on the right. The print depicts a scene from the play, Onoe Kikugoro ishidai banashi (The Lifetime of Onoe Kikugoro III) at Ichimura-za Theater.

References:
Museum of Fine Arts, The Raymond A. Bidwell Collection of Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1968, p. 62, no. 41
Robert Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861, 1998, p. 154, no. 162
Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org), accession no. JP1563
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (collections.mfa.org), accession no. 49.1246
The Museum of Fine Arts , Houston (mfah.org), accession no. 2012.71.A-.C
Waseda University Library (archive.waseda.jp), accession no. 100-8880
(inv. no. 10-5174)

price: $12,000 (reserved)

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