No. 5 Actor Nakamura Shikan as Hotei Ichiemon

Utagawa Kunisada, Published by Maruyama Kyushiro

Edo period (1615-1868), 1864

Gonin Otoku was a gang of outlaws executed in 1702. Eventually the characters ceased to be villains and were transformed into feisty folk heroes who stood up to wicked Samurai. Their exploits provided the basis for many popular Puppet and Kabuki plays. These prints illustrate one of their tales that is often performed as an interlude in Part Two of the Kabuki play Hatsumombi Kuruwa Soga, or A Soga Drama on the First Festival Day in the Pleasure District.

  • Titles Gonin Otoko:Sawamura Shozan no Karigane Bunshichi; Bando Shinsui no Anno Heibei; Kawarazaki Minoru no Kuminari Shokuro; Ichimuraie Tachibana no Kyokuto Sen'emon; Nakamura Shibagan no Hotei Ichiemon (Proper)
  • Artist Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, 1786 - 1864
  • Medium ink and color on paper
  • Dimensions 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of the Utagawa-ha Monjin-kai, 1994.142.24.2
  • Work Type woodblock print
  • Classification Prints