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

Print: Tiger Lily of Suzuka (Suzuka no oniyuri - すゞかの鬼百合): Ichikawa Kodanji IV (市川小団次) as Tennichibō Hōsaku (天日坊法策) from the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tōsei mitate sanjūroku kasen - 当盛見立三十六花撰)  

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Dates: 1862,created
Dimensions: 9.25 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Kiō Toyokuni ga
(old man Toyokuni drew this picture - 喜翁豊国画)
Publisher: Hiranoya Shinzō (Marks 114 - seal 24-090)
Carver: Yokokawa Takejirō (横川彫武)
Date seal: 1862, 4th month

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (gray ground); British Museum (red ground); Tokyo Metropolitan Library (gray ground); National Diet Library; Japan Arts Council; University of Michigan; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

The flower near the title cartouche is an oniyuri or tiger lily - literally demon lily and the picture below represents the priest , Tennichi-bo holding an oni-mask (demon-mask).

There are at least two different editions of this series. Despite the title there appear to be at least 39 prints in this set. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston say there are 36 plus a title page.


Tennichibō Hōsaku is a character in a play by the 19th century modernist kabuki writer Mokuami (1816-93). Possibly based on a real life person, Tennichibō Hōsaku claims to be the bastard child of the shogun Yoritomo, during the Kamakura era. The play is a tale of his adventures.


There is at least one other print in the Lyon Collection published by Hiranoya Shinzō. See #762.