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Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Osome (おそめ) on the right and Ichikawa Danzō V as Hisamatsu on the left in the play Somemoyo Imose no Kadomatsu [染模様妹背門松]

Identifier: 1830-32c Shigeharu diptych
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A diptych with bust portraits of the actors Arashi Rikan II on the right as Osome and Ichikawa Danzō V as Hisamatsu on the left in the role of Hisamatsu. A border of New Year's game cards, balls and battledore and shuttlecock and calligraphy.

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Unlike other kabuki themes the story of Osome and Hisamatsu is included in nearly all the volumes written about this form of theater.

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Illustrated in 1) in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei, (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka, 1998, no. 143

And the right-hand panel in black and white in 2) in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 137. The left-hand panel is illustrated in color in the same volume on p. 107.

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