Segawa Kikunojo II (1741-1773) as Oshichi & Bando Hikosaburo II (1741-1768) as Kichisaburo possibly in Yaoya Oshichi performed at Nakamura-za - ROM2015_14593_11

ROM2015_14593_11

Segawa Kikunojo II (1741-1773) as Oshichi & Bando Hikosaburo II (1741-1768) as Kichisaburo possibly in Yaoya Oshichi performed at Nakamura-za

Maker: Torii Kiyotsune (act. 1750s-1770s)
Medium:3-colour block-prints on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1786 (possibly)
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
Hosoban 30.0 x 14.5 cm
Object number: 926.18.160
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThe actors’ names and their roles are printed in the upper right-hand corner. Segawa Kikunojō II (1741–1773) was the leading onnagata of the day, while Bandō Hikosaburō II (1741–1768) was an outstanding wakashu-gata, if sadly short-lived. The yui-wata crest is visible on Kikunojō’s robe. Hikosaburō appears to have his own crane-in-circle crest on his right sleeve and a crest with “kichi” on his left. O-Shichi-Kichiza mono, or plays based on the love suicide of Yaoya O-Shichi and the temple page (koshō) Kichisaburō, were extremely popular, and the story was also included in Ihara Saikaku’s Five Women Who Loved Love (Kōshoku Gonin onna, 1686). After a fire, a greengrocer and his family take refuge at a temple, where the daughter, O-Shichi, falls in love with the temple page. Eventually, the family returns home and O-Shichi, desperate to see her love again, commits arson to try to bring them together once more. She is caught and sentenced to death by fire while her lover kills himself. This print documents a performance of Fude tsubana Yaoya O-Shichi at the Ichimura-za on the First Month of 1761.
Collection:
Japan
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