Re: Kunisada triptych

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Posted by Paul Griffith ( on September 26, 2016 at 09:34:03:

In Reply to: Kunisada triptych posted by Elaine Boatin on September 25, 2016 at 20:35:57:

The title in the red cartouche (right sheet) reads 'Meiboku Sendai Hagi', which is the original play upon which 'Date Kurabe' was based. As you said, this is the 'Goten no Ba', the so-called 'Palace Room Scene', though it isn't a 'palace' as such. It is the main room within the lord's mansion. In the centre sheet we see the wet-nurse Masaoka, and immediately to the right is her own son Senmatsu. Seated on a cushion (top of right sheet) is the young lord Tsuruchiyo. Masaoka is encouraging the boys to sing the 'Sparrow Song' while they wait for the rice to cook. (Notice the bird cage and the parent sparrows that have flown in to feed their chicks.) Though this illustrates the story of the Kabuki play, these are not actors and it does not relate to any particular performance.

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