Utagawa Kuniyoshi


Onoe Kikugoro III as Aragoro Mohei with kites in the background

signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, with censor's kiwame seal and publisher's mark of Kawaguchi-ya Chozo, ca. 1832-35

oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.4 cm

The subject of this print is identified as the actor Onoe Kikugoro III (Okawa Hashizo, 1784-1849) in the role of Aragoro Mohei, a character associated dramas telling the story of the Soga brothers which were traditionally staged at the New Year. Kikugoro's padded outer-robe is decorated with designs of toys, including a sea bream, a fish typically served during New Year celebrations. The print was originally part of a triptych; the other panels illustrate the actors Ichikawa Ebizo V (Danjuro, 1791-1859) as Shoki Hanbei and Iwai Shijaku I (Hanshiro, 1804-1845).

John Stevenson, Japanese Kite Prints: Selections from the Skinner Collection, 2004, p. 78, no. 28 (complete triptych)
The Kuniyoshi Project, Actor Triptychs 1815-1845 (kuniyoshiproject.com)

(inv. no. 10-5372)

price: $275


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