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Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1863

IHL Cat. #672

About This Print

The actors, from right to left, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (市川小団次), in the role of Ude no Kisaburo (腕ノ喜三郎 one-arm Kisaburo), Kataoka Jūzō (片岡 十蔵) in the role of Ōtori Ippei (大鳥逸平) , Ichimura Kakitsu IV (市村家橘) playing Akebono Genta (曙源太) and Ichikawa Kuzō III (市川九蔵) in the role of Maboroshi Tanizo  (幻長蔵) in the kabuki play Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki by Kawatake Mokuami, which was staged in August 1863 at the Ichimura-za  市村.  

This scene is set on the Kamakura Hanamizu bridge (鎌倉花水橋, as marked on the bridge post) and, while I have not found an English language plot summary of this play, we can be sure Ude no Kisaburo, the one-armed swordsman who cut his arm off at the elbow with a saw in order to earn his fencing teacher's forgiveness, is the hero.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki 慈江戸小腕達引
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature Yoshiiku ga
 Publication Date September 1863
aratame seals from left to right panels reading
文久 bunkyū 03 亥九 sign of the hog 9th month
 kinkyū 近久 seal of Ōmiya Kyūjirō of Kiyūdō publishing house [Marks 30-034; publisher ref. 415]
Matsushima Hori Masu seal of Matsushima Masayoshi
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- remnants of previous mounting verso; minor wrinkling; soiling - particularly in lower half of print; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (35.9 x 24.4 cm) each sheet

 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 100-9984, 9985, 9986.