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A man holds a sword in both hands in front of him. He wears a bright blue robe with red and yellow birds. The background is plain with lines of calligraphy along the top.<br /><br />
This is the center panel of a triptych (with 2008/2.10A and 2008/2.10C).
Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese (culture or style))
Crossing Swords in the Pleasure Quarters: Onoe Kikugorō V as Nagoya Sanza
Gift of Stuart Katz
A woman looks anxiously to her left while clutching the strings of her tall, orange hat (<em>eboshi</em>). She wears a multi-layered robe; the colorful cherry-blossom pattern on the dark outer robe is repeated in monochrome colors in the layers beneath.  Cherry blossoms frame the inscriptions on a solid blue background.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Bun, Sasamata (Publisher's seal); saru 3 aratame (Censor's seal); Shirabyōshi Sakuragi; Toyokuni ga (Signature)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Dōjō Temple (Dōjōji): Onoe Kikugorō IV as Shirabyōshi Dancer Sakuragi
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
This print shows a warrior, seated on a low folding chair, facing forward in elaborate armor. He looks over his right shoulder. One hand is on his thigh, the other appears to be gesturing. The wall behind him is painted with plum blossoms. A sword is visible on his left side.<br /><br />
This is the right panel of a triptych.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Fuku/Muramatsu (Censor's seals); Toyokuni ga (Signature); Gotobei (undeciphered)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Yoshitsune's Letter from Koshigoe: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Gotobei
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
Four men are lined up close together, all holding onto an oar.  Each wears a red skirt, blue leg wraps, and purple and white shirts.  They each have their left legs raised as if to take a step.  Water is in the background behind them.<br /><br />
This is the right panel of a triptych (with 2011/2.193.1 and 2011/2.193.2).<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Sendō Dairoku; Onaji Kanroku; Onaji Sagiroku; Onaji Bunroku; Kuniyoshi ga (Artist's signature); To (Publisher's seal); Hama, Magome (Censor's seals)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese (culture or style))
Alphabetical Tales of Glory and Decline: Actors as the Boatmen Dairoku, Kanroku, Sagiroku, and Bunroku
1849 – 1852
This is a triptych, displaying all three panels at once. In the left panel, a woman squats, holding a book, on which stands a man holding an umbrella. Another standing woman looks over her shoulder at it. In the center panel, an older man is seated on a bench with a brush or pipe in his hand. A woman looks at him over her shoulder. In the right panel, two woman stand with two girls. One of the girls is half hidden behind the woman on the left and gesturing forward. The other girl looks up at the two woman. In the background are white flowering trees as well as some calligraphy.<br /><br />
This is a set with 1948/1.186 and 1948/1.187.<br />
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese (culture or style))
Complete Illustrations of Yoshiwara Parodies of Kabuki: Courtesans of the Matsubaya
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
In this print, a woman sits on the ground, wielding a sword in front of her.  The ground is white, and white petals or snow are falling from the night sky.  Behind her is a body of water, bridge, and a distant building.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kuniyoshi ga; Publisher’s seal: Ō Jōkin Ikenaka; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Gion no Okaji, Iwai Shijaku
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese (culture or style))
Iwai Shijaku [I] as Gion no Okaji
1822 – 1844
Gift of Dr. James Hayes
In this print, a man pulls his chin downward and looks forward against a plain background.  He wears a lightly patterned white robe underneath black and gold.  The hilt of a sword is visible at his waist.  His hair is pulled up into a tight topknot.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Masamitsu; unidentified publisher’s seal; Title: Shōwa butai sugata sono ni, Moritsuna, Kyūdaime, Ichikawa Ebizō
Masamitsu Ota
Actor Ichikawa Ebizo as Moritsuna
Gift of Stuart Katz
In this print, a warrior faces forward in elaborate armor. He is seated on a folding chair. In his right hand is a tasselled stick. A sword is visible near his left palm. He stands against a blue background. The wall behind him is painted with plum blossoms, and a recessed screen is covered with a dark floral pattern.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Fuku/Muramatsu (Censor's seals); Toyokuni ga (Signature); Izumi no Saburō Tadae
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Yoshitsune's Letter from Koshigoe: (possibly) Mimasu Gennosuke II as Izumi no Saburō
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
The woman in this print wears a pale red robe with a blue edge on the bottom.   Her sash is black with green, blue, and yellow crests.  She holds a wooden sword in both hands up to her right shoulder.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Hokuei ga; Publisher’s seal: Honsei; Tsubone Iwafuji, Nakamura Utaemon<br />
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This is the right panel of a diptych (with 2013/1.590.1).
Hokuei (Japanese (culture or style))
Nakamura Utaemon [III] as Iwafuji no Tsubone, fencing with the servant Ohatsu (right half of diptych; pair w/ 2003/1.590.1)
1831 – 1835
Gift of Dr. James Hayes
The man in the center of this print wears a blue outer robe with white writing.  At the bottom left he holds a white and yellow folding fan.  His hair is parted in the middle.  The blue cartouche above him indicates the name, Onigatake.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Chūkō sekitori kagami; Onigatake; Kinkadō (Publisher's seal)
Utagawa Hirosada (Japanese (culture or style))
Mirror of Loyalty and Filial Piety through Sumō Wrestlers: Kataoka Ichizō I as the Sumō Wrestler Onigatake
Gift of Stuart Katz
The woman in this print is dressed in an elaborate robe of many layers and colors.  The sash, tied in the front, is beige with gold and blue patterns.  Her hair is decorated with large pins, and she holds a folded paper in her hand.  A sword is visible next to her, and there are lines of calligraphy in the space above her.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kunisada ga; Publisher’s seal: Tsutakichi; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Shiratama, Iwai Shijaku
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Iwai Shijaku [I] as the courtesan (oiran) Shiratama
1822 – 1844
Gift of Dr. James Hayes