Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Ichikawa Kodanji IV (市川小団次) as Kurotegumi no Sukeroku
(黒手組ノ助六) - left panel of a diptych

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Dates: 1858,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi (Marks 442 - seal 24-007)
Date seal: 3/1858

Related links: Waseda University; Waseda University - right-hand panel;

Physical description:

Sukeroku is engaged in a battle with Horii Shinzaemon. This scene commemorates a performance of the play Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen (江戸櫻清水清玄) which was staged at the Ichimuraza in the 3rd month of 1858 in Edo. According to Kabuki21: "This second part was a parody of the famous drama 'Sukeroku' written in a more realistic style especially for the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV, who played the roles of Seigen and Sukeroku. The actor wanted to perform the role of Sukeroku in the eponymous drama but was prevented to do it because of his short size."


The term 'Kurotegumi' (黒手組) means 'the Black Hand Gang' and it was led by our hero, Sukeroku.