Gayūken Shunsei (画遊軒春勢) (artist )
Onoe Tamizō II (二代目尾上多見蔵) as both Gorō Tokimune (五郎時宗) and as a young girl from the play Hatsuharu no Kotobuki Iwau Kokonobake - 初春寿九化 - ('A Dance of Nine Changes' - 九之化之内)
10.25 in x 14.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gayūken Shunsei ga
Publishers: Kichi (Marks U140 - seal closest to 06-012)
and Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 13-004)
Osaka Prints - Kaminari and Tobane from this series
Lyon Collection - Genta in two roles
Lyon Collection - Tamizō as a nightwatchman and a Chinese princess
Lyon Collection - Soga Gorō Tokimune in a struggle with Gosho no Gorōmaru Shigemune
The character Soga Gorō Tokimune is one of the most commonly used figures in both the theater and in Japanese woodblock prints. Perhaps some of you will recognize his name because of his inclusion in the famous armor pulling scene with the strongman Asahina Saburō.
On his shoulders in white on black is the Soga crest of the iori mokko (庵に木瓜), a four-petaled 'magnolia' flower sheltered under the roof of a hut. His robes are decorated with butterflies.
One of the most striking things about this print is how modern it looks. The name of the play and the actor are written on the collapsible lantern.
Illustrated in color in Osaka Prints by Dean J. Schwaab, p. 130, #113.
Hatsuharu no kotobuki iwau kokonobake (Nine changes for long-life in early spring: 初春寿九化) brought together a set of nine pieces for a single actor to showcase his skills in acting, recitation, and dance. It is an example of so-called hatsuharu kyōgen ("early spring plays" or "New Year's plays": 初春狂言).
Onoe Tamizō II (二代目尾上多見蔵: 11/1820-1848; 1850-November, 1885) (actor)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Honya Seishichi (本屋清七) (publisher)
Soga brothers (曾我兄弟) (genre)
mitate-e (見立て絵) (genre)