Artist: Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦ゆき)

Print: Arash Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as the yakko Tsumahei (奴妻平) in Shin Usuyuki Monogatari [新うすゆき物語]

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Dates: 1829,created
Dimensions: 10.125 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gigadō Ashiyuki
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - all four panels; Lyon Collection - the complete tetraptych;Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a different Ashiyuki representation of this figure from the same year - a poem slip is not apparent in this one;

Physical description:

Notice the flowering cherry branch that Tsumahei is carrying. It is cut from a tree at the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto and has a poem slip attached to it. It was written by Usuyuki-hime, one of the two heroines of this play. Much of the plot is centered around this poem slip.

This print commemorates a performance at the Naka Theater in the first month of 1829. Competing theaters in Osaka performed the same play at the same time, but under slightly different titles.

Ashiyuki created a totally different print of this actor in this role from the same year. The example of that one in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston shows no publisher's seal. There too his head is highlighted by a branch of flowering cherry blossoms he is holding, but his wig/hairstyle appears to be somewhat different. (See the link above.)

There are four panels in this composition.

The complete tetraptych in Lyon Collection