Kunisada: Five Manly Men

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Five Manly Men
Date: 1852

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