////Utagawa Sadahide. Tangled Hair and the Evening Braided Hat / Fan print, 1830.

Utagawa Sadahide. Tangled Hair and the Evening Braided Hat / Fan print, 1830.

Artist: Utagawa Sadahide [歌川 貞秀], a.k.a. Gountei Sadahide [五雲亭 貞秀] (1807 – c. 1878/9).

Signed: Gountei Sadahide ga [五雲亭貞秀画]

Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869)

Date-aratame seal: Bunsei 13 / Tenpō 1 (1830).

Ref: Ritsumeikan University # Z0172-587.

Title: Tangled Hair and the Evening Braided Hat [乱髪夜編笠] (Midaregami Yoru no Amigasa). The open book starts with the chapter title that reads Amigasa. This play was performed together with Kisohajime Hatsugai Soga [着衣始]初買曽我]. See the playbill for the performance at Moritaza at MFA (Boston) № 11.27208.

乱髪夜編笠(みだれがみよるのあみがさ。「夜の編笠」「白さぎ」とも)– one of the main melodies in katōbushi (河東節) type of jōruri [浄瑠璃]. For a detailed explanation in Japanese, see also HERE).

A series of three prints is dedicated to a katōbushi performance of the Soga-themed plays.

Yukari no Edo-zakura

The tatami night robe of Iwao

Tangled Hair and the Evening Braided Hat

They all have a background of hail patterns (Arare-ko-mon) [霰小紋], similar to Kunisada’s Iwai Kumesaburō II as An no Heibei [SVJP-0304.2019], see below.

Utagawa Kunisada, a.k.a. Toyokuni III . Kabuki actor Iwai Kumesaburō II as An no Heibei 1829

 

SKU: SVJP-0270-3.2019 Categories: ,

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