Actors Onoe Kikugoro IV and Nakamura Fukusuke I
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
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Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock
Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 36 by 74.1 cm
Price: $1200 (excl. taxes)
Full title: Actor Onoe Kikugoro IV as Takiyasha hime, Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Yoshitomo Jiro, and unidentified actor as Toroku Sakon
signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, combined censor and date seal Hitsuji-kyu, aratame (year of the goat , 9th month, examined)
oban tate-e triptych 14 1/8 by 29 1/8 in., 36 by 74.1 cm
In the center panel, the actor Onoe Kikugoro IV (1808-1860) is in the role of Takiyasha hime (the Princess of Takiyasha), to the left, the actor Nakamura Fukusuke I (Nakamura Shikan IV, 1831-1899) is in the role of Yoshitomo Jiro, and at right an unidentified actor is in the role of Toroku Sakon from the play Hanano no tsuki uto hitofushi, performed at the Nakamura theater in the 9th month of 1859.
Princess Takiyasha is the surviving daughter of Taira no Masakado, a deceased pretender to the shogunal throne in whose ruined palace Takiyasha lives. She is a conjurer, whose evil power and familial history makes her a threat to the reigning lord Minamoto no Yorinobu. In this composition, she is depicted in front of a mat and a group of candles, set against an otherwise black background.
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