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

Signed: ōju Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
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."


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.


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.


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