This site requires that you enable Javascript to function properly Scholten Japanese Art | Woodblock Prints | Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) Actors Onoe Kikujiro II as Masatada's Wife Mugurato, Ichikawa Ichizo III as Kaja Yoshitaka, and Arashi Hinasuke VII as Chichibu no Shigetada
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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Actors Onoe Kikujiro II as Masatada's Wife Mugurato, Ichikawa Ichizo III as Kaja Yoshitaka, and Arashi Hinasuke VII as Chichibu no Shigetada

signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, with combined censor and date seal Tori-san, aratame (year of the cock [1861], 3rd lunar month, examined), carver's seal Hori Take (Yokokawa Takejiro), and publisher's seal To of Ebiya Rinnosuke of Kaijudo
oban tate-e triptych 14 by 29 1/8 in., 35.7 by 74.1 cm
The play Aioi Genji Takasago no Matsu was staged at the Morita Theater in Edo in the 3rd lunar month of 1861. The play is likely an adaptation of the legend of the Aioi-no-matsu (Paired Pines), told in the Noh play Takasago. In the legend (and the Noh drama), a traveling priest comes upon an old couple sweeping pine needles beside the great Takasago Pine. The old woman is the spirit of the Takasago Pine, while her partner is the spirit of the Suminoe Pine, which grows in distant Setsu Province. The tale represents long and happy unions, and is traditionally recounted at weddings and anniversaries. It is likely, however, that a kabuki adaptation of this reverent story would playfully engage with and alter the spiritual significance of the original tale. The sumptuous set design and rich robes depicted in this composition suggest that Aioi Genji Takasago no Matsu is perhaps a less humble tale than the original.
The actor Onoe Kikujiro II (1814-1875) is in the role of Masatada's Wife (Tsuma) Mugurato, the actor Ichikawa Ichizo III (1833-1865) is in the role of Kaja Yoshitaka, and the actor Arashi Hinasuke VII (d. 1872) is in the role of Chichibu no Shigetada.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's 100 Aspects of the Moon, 2001, no. 17 (re: Takasago)
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