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the center sheet signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu, published by Yamamura Kinzaburo, 1878
oban tate-e triptych 14 3/4 by 29 1/2 in., 37.4 by 75 cm
Although the performance is not identified, the roles relate to the kabuki dance-drama, Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no to (Spirit of the Cherry Tree). From right to left, the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838-1903) is in the role of the villain, Otomo Kuronushi, at this moment disguised as the gatekeeper Sekibe, holding a large axe, as he encounters Iwai Hanshiro VIII (1829-1882) as the spirit of the cherry tree in the form of the ghostly Sumizomezakura, and to the left, Ichikawa Sadanji (1842-1904) is in the role of Munesada, the brother of her lover, Yasusada, who was murdered by Kuronushi.
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University Library, accession nos. 007-1187, 007-1188, 007-1189