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No. 2 Bandō Shinsui as Yasuno Heibei

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 No. 2 Bandō Shinsui as Yasuno Heibei (Proper)@貳 「安の平兵衛」「坂東薪水」 (Proper)@Five Chivalrous Men (Gonin Otuku) (Label Display)@Five Men: Karigane Bunshichi as Sawamura Shozan; Annon Heibei as Bando Shinsui; Kuminari Shokuro as Kawarazaki Minor; Kyokuto Sen'emon as Ichimuraie Tachibana; Hotei Ishiemon as Nakamura Shibagano (Former title)@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 (Former title)
  • 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, 1994.142.24.4
  • Work Type woodblock print
  • Classification Prints