Sawamura Tossho II as Samanosuke
two panels of a triptych; with shomenzuri (burnishing) and mica on the waves; the signature on the right sheet, Murano Eitoku hitsu likely refers to the image of a dragon on the warrior's jinbaori, 1870
dai oban tate-e diptych14 5/8 by 19 5/8 in., 37 by 50 cm
The actor Sawamura Tossho II (Suketakaya Takasuke IV, 1838-1886) is in the role of Samanosuke from the play Gosho ogi Soga no toshidama which was performed in January 1870 at the Morita Theater.
Nobutaka Imamura, ed., Ukiyo-e (Kunichika), Kyoto University of Art & Design, March 2018, p. 64, no. 572
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University Library, 100-5814 - 100-5816 (complete triptych with Kunichika signature on left sheet)
(inv. no. 10-5090)
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