Ichikawa Komazo II in the Role of Ouchinosuke Ujiyasu from the Play "San ga no Sho mutsumi no hanayome"
Katsukawa Shunchō (Japanese, active ca. 1783–95)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
Three actors strike dramatic poses (mie) on the stage while behind them, on a raised platform, singers narrate the story with samisen music, a Kabuki musical type known as tokiwazu.
The actor on the right is Ichikawa Komazo II (1737–1802), the future Matsumoto Koshiro IV, who became a pupil of Danjūrō IV in 1757 and took the name of Koshiro in 1772. His kimono is covered with a design of the crest of the hereditary name Koshiro, four flowers arranged in the shape of a diamond.