Kunisada: Five Manly Men
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Five Manly Men
Five Manly Men (Gonin Otoko) pose against an evening background with overhanging plum blossoms. We see the actor Arashi Rikan II as Hotei Ichiemon (lifting robe, both arms visible); the actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kaminari Shôkurô (lifting robe, one arm visible); Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Gokuin Senemon (both hands grasping towel); the actor Ichikawa Kuzo II as An no Heibei (with back facing the viewer); and the actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Karigane Bunshichi far right, looking left. The exact order of the pentaptych is not known. From the play Koigoromo Karigane-zome, held at the Kawarazaki Theater in 1852.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban Pentaptych
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Literature: See MFA Collection website, Bigelow Collection.
Seal: Mera, Watanabe
Signature: Toyokuni ga
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