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Triplets Toneri Matsuomaru, Umeomaru, and Sakurama - Toyohara  Kunichika prints

Triplets Toneri Matsuomaru, Umeomaru, and Sakurama

By Toyohara Kunichika

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Triplets Toneri Matsuomaru, Umeomaru, and Sakurama - Toyohara  Kunichika print

Toyohara Kunichika
1866

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Date: 1866

Medium: woodblock, woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 35.6 by 73.9 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1100 (excl. taxes)

Description:

signed Kunichika hitsu with Toshidama artist's seal, publisher's seal Hayashi (Iseya Rihei of Kinjudo), carver's seal Hori Sennosuke (Sugawa Sennosuke), combined censor and date seal Tora-kyu, aratame (year of the tiger [1866], 9th month, examined)

oban tate-e triptych 14 by 29 1/8 in., 35.6 by 73.9 cm

In the right sheet, the actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899) is in the role of Toneri Matsuomaru; in the center sheet, the actor Ichikawa Kuzo III (Ichikawa Danzo VII, 1836-1911) is in the role of Toneri Umeomaru; and in the right sheet, the actor Sawamura Tanosuke III (1845-1878) is in the role of Toneri Sakuramaru, brothers from the play Sugawara Denju Tenari Kagami (Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy). Though the play is mainly about Sugawara Michizane, based on a historical Heian period statesman and poet (845-903), while it was being written a group of triplets were born, prompting the authors to write-in the three Toneri brothers as the loyal sons of Sugawara's retainer, Shiratayu, and name them after the classic trio of trees: matsu (pine), ume (plum), and sakura (cherry). In the play the brothers' loyalty is divided after Sugawara is wrongfully accused of trying to ascend the throne.

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