109 a b
Subject: Shini-e (memorial print) of Ōkawa Hashizō I (Onoe Kikugorō III) as Kasane no yūrei (ghost of Kasane).
Signature: Kunimasu ga (a. and b.)
The actor's deathbed poem is signed Ōkawa Hashizō.
Format: chūban diptych.1
Collection: Mita Arts
The actor passed away on the 24th day of the fourth month of 1849.
The hand-stamped red seal reads Asano ishōten (Asano clothes shop) and is probably the seal of a collector or sponsor. One impression of the right panel is known that bears the seal of the printer Kyō Isa.
Some impressions are found with a small woodblock-printed paper pasted to the left upper corner, giving the date and place of the actor’s death, and his posthumous name.
See the next image.
1. A different version of this chūban diptych is illustrated in Matsudaira, S., Kamigata ukiyo-e nihyakunen-ten, pl.187. According to the catalogue notes it concerns an ōban version. It appears that impressions made by using the original blocks are combined here on a single ōban sheet. To achieve this, both panels are shifted somewhat towards the centre and, judging from the illustration, the left border lines of the right-hand panel seem removed from the original woodblock. This version bears the publisher’s seal hanmoto Meinashi.