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Gosho no Gorōzō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Gosho no Gorōzō

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1864

IHL Cat. #409

About This Print

The right panel of a diptych (see below) depicting the actor Ichimura Kakitsu 市村 家橘 IV (the stage name of actor Onoe Kikugorō V from Spring 1863 to July 1868)1 playing Gosho no Gorōzō (Gallant Gorōzō) and two other roles in the play Gosho no Gorōzō (also known as Soga Moyō Tateshi no Goshozone.)

The Play Gosho no Gorōzō

Gosho no Gorōzō was one act of a six act play written by Kawatake Mokuami 河竹黙阿弥 (1816-1893), loosely based on the novel by Ryūtei Tanehiko called "Soga moyō tateshi no Goshozome," or "The Gallant's kimono dyed with the Soga pattern."

The story of an otokodate, a Robin Hood type of character said to have been common after the end of the samurai era, focuses on the conflict between two former samurai, Gorozo and his enemy Hoshikage Doemon.2

Characters in the play are Gosho no Gorōzō, Hoshikage Doemon, Satsuki , Ōshū, Kabutoya Yogorō Gosho no Gorōzō.3

Gosho no Gorōzō
The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University

1 Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/kakitsu.php
2 website of Marty Gross Film Productions Inc http://www.martygrossfilms.com/films/masterpiece/masterpieces_kabuki_synopses.html
3 Global Performing Database website http://www.glopad.org/pi/en/record/piece/1000832

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Gosho no Gorōzō 御所五郎蔵 (Gallant Gorōzō)
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature Chōkarō Yoshiiku ga
Yoshi kiri seal: paulownia flower seal
 Publication Date
March 1864
aratame seal reading 子三改 bunkyū 04 3rd month
Yo, Taikichi seal of Ōtaya Takichi [Marks: 21-141; publisher ref. 423]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- vertical fold 1 1/2" in from right margin reinforced from verso; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous right panel of diptych
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 13 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (33.3 x 24.1 cm)

 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 101-0450 (right panel) and 101-0451.