single panel of a vertical ōban triptych; yakusha-e
The actor's name is printed at top-left in the yellow cartouche, accompanied by the role written in the smaller blue cartouche. At lower-right is the artist's signature, which reads "Kunichika ga," ('picture by Kunichika'), and is within a toshidama cartouche. To the left of the signature are the mark of the publisher Yorozuya Zentarō — the character "Jū" placed within a right angle — and the combined date-aratame seal of the censor, which identifies a date of inspection as the ninth lunar month of 1862 (Bunkyū 2).
Another impression of this print is held in the collections of Waseda University, Tokyo, (acc no. 100-8445) with the source play identified as "The Sound of the Zither of Iwakura Sogen's Beloved" ('Iwakura Sogen renbo no tsumagoto'), a variation on a well-known story of the priest Iwakura Sogen and the beauitful Irokotohime, with whom he becomes obsessed.
An accompanying panel of the triptych is held by the Mead Art Museum (acc. no. AC 2005.252)
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