Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokiuni III), 1786-1865

Jiraiya with kiseru

the actors Iwai Kumesaburo III, Ichikawa Saruzo I and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII; each sheet signed Toyokuni ga within artist's Toshidama seal, with publisher seal of Iseya Chusuke, nanushi censor seals Kinugasa (Kinugasa Fusajiro) and Murata (Murata Heimon), and date seal ne-hachi (year of the rat [1852], 8th month)

oban tate-e triptych 13 7/8 by 29 5/8 in., 35.3 by 75.2 cm

This untitled triptych may depict a scene from the kabuki play, Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari ('Heroic Tales of Jiraiya') which premiered at the Kawarazakiza in July 1852. Ichikawa Danjuro VII, seated at right holding a long kiseru (tobacco pipe), is in the role of Jiraiya.

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