Iris-colored Hatsuneya: Iwai Kumesaburō III as Yamatoya EnshiArtist(s)Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1861Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 3/4 in x 30 in (37.47 cm x 76.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Sharlynn and Andrew Circo, in memory of Sotokichi KatsuizumiSubject matter
This play was only staged once, in the fourth month of 1861. Hatsuneya was the name of a famous palanquin store in Edo (Tokyo). The names for each of the characters are made up of the yagō
(stage name) and haimyō
(poet’s pen name) for each of the actors. In this print, for example, Iwai Kumesaburō's yagō
is Yamatoya and his haiyō
is Enshi. The lanterns across the three panels of the tryptich together read, Soga Ryosha
, which refers to an earlier play, Soga ryosha gosairei (曽我両社御祭礼)
, on which this play seems to be based.
The actor, Iwai Kumesaburō III, was also known as Iwai Hanshirō VIII. He was born in 1829 and active from the time he was a child in the early 1830s. He became famous for his performances as an onnagata
, a word which means "women's role" or "women's form." He died in 1882.Physical Description
In this print, a woman wields a large cross-shaped pole, looking over her right shoulder. To her left, a litter rests on the dock with a canopy of cherry blossoms. Above her are two red paper lanterns; the one on the right has the character “sō
”; the lantern on the left has the character “ware
This is the right panel of a triptych.
Inscription: Hanmoto, Izutsuya (Publisher's seal); Tori [Rooster] 4 aratame (Censor's seals); Yamatoya Enshi
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