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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Actors Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Hosokawa Katsumoto and Nikki Danjo, Bando Hikosaburo IV as Watanabe Gekizaemon

signed Ichiyusai Toyokuni ga and Kochoro Toyokuni ga with artist's seal Toshidama, publisher's seal Tsuta, Edo, Muraichi, Nihonbashi (Murataya Ichigoro), censors' seals Yoshimura and Kinugasa, ca. 1849, 5th month
oban tate-e triptych 14 by 29 1/4 in., 35.5 by 74.2 cm
This composition depicts the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII (1823-1854) in the roles of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the right sheet and Nikki Danjo in the center sheet, and the actor Bando Hikosaburo IV (Bando Kamezo, 1800-1873) in the role of Watanabe Gekizaemon from the play Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki (The Date Rivalry and Okuni Kabuki), staged at the Kawarazaki Theater in the 5th month of 1849. It presents the final act of the play, in which the coup plotter Nikki Danjo has been captured and is standing trial for treason. After it is discovered that the judge was in the pay of the villainous Danjo, Hosokawa Katsumoto, an even-handed arbiter, makes a dramatic entrance. Through a clever series of questions (a truly theatrical feat, considering that both characters were played by Danjuro VIII), Hosokawa proves Danjo guilty. In a ultimately fruitless escape attempt, Danjo mortally wounds Gekizaemon before he is subdued for the final time.
price: $ 850