Mirror of Men and Irises: Kataoka Gadō II as Issun Tokubei and Morita Kanya XI as Tsuribune Sabu
Artist(s)Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1855Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
13 9/16 in x 9 7/16 in (34.45 cm x 23.97 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Andrew RosenblumSubject matterMirror of Men and Irises:
Kataoka Gadō II as Issun Tokubei and Morita Kanya XI as Tsuribune Sabu
Actor Kataoka Gadō II, also known as Kataoka Nizaemon IX, was born in 1839 and active from 1849 until his death in 1872. He was known for his roles in jidaimono
(period plays) as well as sewamono
(contemporary plays). He played both tachiyaku
(lead protagonist) and onnagata
(“female form” or “female role”) roles.
Bandō Mitsugorō IV was also known as Morita Kanya. He was born in 1802 and active from childhood until his death in 1863.Physical Description
A man grabs the arm of another inside of a building. The man on the right is neadly dressed in a black plaid robe. He holds an open fan in his left hand. The other man’s short black robe is half fallen off and reveals blue tattoos across his shoulders. Both men wear swords.
Inscriptions: Tsuribune Sabu; Issun Tokubei; Artist's signature: Toyokuni ga; Publisher's seal: Ryōgoku, Kamaki; Censor's seals: aratame, u 5
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interior spaces (spaces by location)
men (male humans)