Subject: Ichikawa Ebizō V as Jiraiya.
Artist’s seal: Wasa
Publisher’s seal: Kisuiken
Collection: I. Goldman, catalogue 15, 2009, plate 12.
Jiraiya is the protagonist in the play Yaemusubi Jiraiya monogatari. Until now the print could not be linked to an actual performance of the play starring Ebizō V as Jiraiya.
This is the earliest of two versions. It has a decorated border at top and bottom, imitating the brocade bands of cloth that are known from the mount of scroll paintings, and has clouds and a full moon in the background.
See the next image.