Posted by Plasmo (126.96.36.199) on March 30, 2017 at 01:36:10:
In Reply to: Could someone help me identify the other posted by Melissa Mayhew on March 29, 2017 at 22:58:26:
The characters of the two prints belong to the kabuki play "Otogi-banashi hakata no imaori" (御伽譚博多新織). It was first played in the Nakamura theater in the eighth month of 1852 and your prints advertise this show. If we look at the censorship seals, we can see that both prints are dated eighth month, 1852.
What you can find in those little cartouches are the names of the characters displayed. The woman is called K˘bai-maru (紅梅丸), played by Onoe Baik˘ IV (尾上梅幸), and the monk is called H˘in Ajari (法印阿闍梨), played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV (市川小団次). H˘in is the highest rank for Buddhist priests during the Edo period.
You can find both of your prints in the Waseda collection:
The artist obviously is Utagawa Kunisada (aka Utagawa Toyokuni III).
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