- Museum number
- Object: Bando Shuka as Kuzunoha hime, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Abe no Yasuna and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Yakko Yokanpei 坂東しうかの葛の葉姫、八代目市川団十郎の安部の保名、四代目市川小団次の奴与勘平
Colour woodblock print, oban diptych. The kabuki actors (right sheet) Bando Shuka I as Kuzunoha-hime, standing beneath a flowering cherry tree, looking left; and (left sheet) Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Abe no Yasuna, wearing trailing trousers (‘nagabakama’) and collapsed on the ground looking up to the right, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the footman yakko Yokanpei, supporting Yasuna in one arm and waving to Kuzunoha with the other; in the play ‘Ashiya Doman o-uchi kagami’ (芦屋道満大内鑑) by Takeda Izumo; performed at the Nakamura-za from the 5th day of the 5th month of 1850 (Kaei 3).
- Production date
- Curator's comments
- Yasuna has gone mad with grief at the loss of his wife, a fox disguised as Kuzunoha, who fled from their home when the real Kuzunoha-hime came to visit. The actor playing Yasuna wears the purple headband called ‘yamai hachimaki’ which is a stage convention indicating some form of illness (P. Griffith, 8/2012).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct- 2015 Apr, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Ashiya Doman o-uchi kagami (芦屋道満大内鑑) ((play))
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from Department of Oriental Manuscripts (August 1915)
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