Re: Unusual horizonal oban by Toyokuni I


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.175.131) on September 18, 2022 at 15:29:29:

In Reply to: Unusual horizonal oban by Toyokuni III posted by Rick Wilk on September 15, 2022 at 20:26:05:

I don't have a great answer for you, but here's what I've found...

Title cartouche: 鏡山 第七 奥ふ[か] の[?]
Kagamiyama dainana, [...] ("Mirror Mountain number [act] 7 ...")

The print is catalogued, along with one other from the series, on Horst Graebner's Kunisada site:

http://kunisada.de/Kunisada-1852/kabuki-1852/kabuki-1852-separate.htm

He gives the play as "Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon".

This looks to be from the same performance:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/kuni80-0791/kunitake/

I haven't found a description of "Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon" 隅田川対高賀紋 that I can make much sense of, but like you I would assume that it is some sort of retelling of the Kagamiyama story. The figure at the right of the design is labeled "Tsubone Iwafuji" 局岩藤, so whatever the plot, the play certainly employs characters from Kagamiyama!

-A


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