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Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, (1835–1900)
Flowers of Tokyo: Firemen's Standards Matched with Famous Places, No. 4, 1875
Ink on Paper
13 1/2 in. x 8 9/16 in. (34.29 cm x 21.75 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.186


Alternate Title: Tokyo no hana: Matoi zukushi meisho awase: Dai san daiku, 4

Commentary
Mounted to another sheet of paper with Japanese text on it. Similar to 93.6.131 by Kunichika and Hiroshige. Similar to 93.3.18 by Toyokuni III. Hiroshige's print "Yotsuya horibata no kei (Scene of Horibata at Yotsuya)" in upper left.

Marks
Seals: lower right and upper left of the lower image. Signed: Toyohara Kunichika hitsu. Artist's seal: Toshidama. Censor seal: Date seal (I-hachi).

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV in the role of Kanki from the play The Battles of Coxinga (Kokusenya kassen). The upper inset panel is a canal scene by Hiroshige III (1843-1894), depicting a lotus-filled moat in the Yotsuya area west of the old Edo castle walls.

"Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899) is in the role of Kanki, a friend of Watonai, in the play Kokusenya Kassen. Kanki is a Chinese warrior inside the castle Watonai is about to enter. The upper left inset panel is a canal scene by Hiroshige III (1843-1894) showing a lotus-filled moat around the old Edo Castle walls, suggesting a Japanese-Chinese comparison. The upper right panel includes the standard of a fireman’s unit located near Edo Castle." (wall text from 2010 student exhibition for ARHI154 Japanese Prints)

Publisher
Morimoto.

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