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

Print: Bandō Shūka I (坂東しうか) as Seigen ama (清玄尼) and
Nakayama Bungorō II (中山文五郎) as the yakko Yodohira (奴淀平)
from an untitled series of paired actors on poem slips (tanzaku)

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Dates: 1850,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: ōju Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
應需一陽斎豊国画
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei
(Marks 446 - seal not listed)
Carver: Hori Sashichikoku
Censors' seals: Fuku and Muramatsu

Related links: Waseda University; Ritsumeikan University; National Diet Library - click on the white arrow in the red circle in the upper right to see the rest of this series; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;Lyon Collection - and yet another print from this series;Hankyu Culture Foundation ;

Physical description:

The background of this print uses the itame mokuhan or imitation woodgrain technique (板目木版).

"The printing of a wood grain within a print. A wood plank is soaked in water to open up the grain and is then inked and printed to intentionally reproduce the nature of the wood itself."

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Illustrated in Catalogue of Japanese Art in the Náprstek Museum published by The International Research Center for Japanese Studies: Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series 4, 1994, p. 47.

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The text on the left reads: 厚き日を家もの顔や油蝉.

The text on the right reads: 花ころもまよひの雨にぬれにけり.

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There are approximately 16 prints from this series in the collection of Ritsumeikan University.