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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Teruhi no Miko in the play Uwanari from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Teruhi no Miko

in the play Uwanari from the series 

The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

by Torii Kiyosada and Torii Kiyotada VII, 1896

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Kazusa Akushichibei in the play Kagekiyo from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

IHL Cat. #1510

About This Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX, in the upper left panel, playing the role of Teruhi no Miko 照日の神子 in the kabuki play Uwanari .  He wears a white hannya mask, denoting a vengeful female spirit of aristocratic background.  Below Danjūrō is an unidentified actor playing the role of Kishō 吉聖The Ichikawa family crest (mon) of nested squares is shown to the right of Danjūrō.

As with all the prints in this series, there is extensive use of embossing both in the border areas and in the robes of Danjūrō.

The Play Uwanari

Variously translated as “The Mistress,” “The Second Wife," “Jealousy,” and “Ambush of the Second Wife,” Uwanari was originally staged in 1699.  While the original script has been lost, the play was re-written and re-staged in 1936 and is occasionally still performed in a re-written form, as in the case of a 2015 performance in Singapore headlined by Ebizo Ichikawa XI (b. 1977), the plot summary of which follows:

Uwanari, which means “second wife” and “jealousy”, is a torrid tale of jealousy, hate, and love. In it, a man divorces his wife and marries another woman. But while the newlyweds enjoy marital bliss, the jilted wife fumes, and plots her revenge on her ex-husband and the woman who replaced her. Passions will flare and dark schemes will bloom in this in riveting play, all told through impassioned dance.1 

The Kabuki Eighteen

Source: Kabuki Encyclopedia, An English-Language Adaption of Kabuki Jiten, Samuel L. Leiter, Greenwood Press, 1979, p. 152.
"The Kabuki Eighteen," a collection of plays established by I
chikawa Danjūrō VII, stresses the special aragoto acting art of the Danjūrō line.  In the Meiji period other acting families began to gather their most successful plays into similar collections.  See the Title Page from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Juhachiban) for a list of the plays.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Teruhi no Miko in the play Uwanari
 九卋市川団十郎 照日の神子 [嫐] 
 Series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban) 
 Artist Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) and Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941)
right-most signature: Torii Kiyosada ga 鳥居清貞画 followed by Choho seal
left-most signature: Tadakiyo hitsu 忠清筆 followed by butterfly seal

Seal as shown above: Chōhō seal right - butterfly seal left 
 Publication Date February 28, 1896 (Meiji 29) 明治廿九年三月廿八 日 (as shown below under Publisher)
長谷川寿美 Hasegawa Sumi [Marks: seal 25-406 長谷川寿美; publisher ref. 102]

The two square seals, at the bottom of the detail of the publisher's information on the left, are associated with a number of publishers during the 1890s, including the publishers Hasegawa Sumi 長谷川寿美 and Komori Sōjirō 小森宗次郎. They often appear near the publisher's name. Taken together, the seals read Kumiai seigen 組合正言.  Kumiai can be translated as "guild" and seigen can be translated as "censor" (using the Chinese meaning for the word.)  So, we may have some type of publisher's guild approval or censor seal.
彫工弥太 Horikō Yata
摺工大亀  Surikō Ōkame
 Printer 摺工大亀 Surikō Ōkame as shown above
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - full size, light overall toning; paper abrasion along top margin
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous embossing throughout 
 Format vertical oban 
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/2 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm) 

 Collections This Print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.53.17; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5721-C008-08; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0130 and 201-0151 and 201-0179; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon MWJ51:T106; Brooklyn Museum 1993.106.6