Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: Ōkubi-e: Double bust portrait with bats in the border

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Dates: 1820s,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni hitsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Lyon Collection - another print from this series, but with a different publisher;Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Notice that these two actors are framed within a border of flying, green bats. There is another print from this series in the Lyon Collection, but with a different publisher's seal. See #693.

This print has to date after 1825 when Toyokuni I died and Toyokuni II took that name.


The figure on the right is an actor playing a sumō (相撲) wrestler.