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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Kanawa Goro Imakuni
(Imayo oshi-e kagami: Kanawa Goro Imakuni)

signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, carver's mark hori Take (Yokokawa Takejiro), publisher's seal Shorindo (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), with combined censor and date seal Hitsuji-ni, aratame (year of the goat [1859], 2nd month, examined)
oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 3/4 in., 36.4 by 24.8 cm
The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (1810-1863) is in the role of Kanawa Goro Imakuni from the play Imoseyama Onna Teikin (Imoseyama, an Example of Womanly Virtue). Imakuni, a loyal retainer, gets involved in palace intruige between his lord Fujiwara Kamatari and the magical daimyo Soga Iruka. His task is to assassinate Iruka at a party while disguised as a fisherman. Despite surviving multiple attempts on his own life, he manages to make a paste made from the hoof of a deer and the blood of a jealous woman, with which he breaks Iruka's magic and kills the evil lord.
References:
Arendie and Henk Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage, 2004, pp. 230-237
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession nos. 11.40965 and RES.11.5764.2
price: $ 700