Toyokuni III Utagawa, Nakamura Shikan, Tattoo Design

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Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1865)
Title: Actor Nakamura Shikan Plays as Tairiki Tomigoro
Series: Modern Water Margin
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
Date: 1861
Size: 37.2 x 25 cm
Condition report: Slightly yellowed, vertical crease on the left, minor wormhole

This print series by Kunisada, given the deliberately vague title 'A Modern Water Margin', shows famous actors in imaginary roles loosely based on the members of a real-life group of outlaws. Their story was too close to present-day reality to be permitted as a play or printed book, but circulated in printed woodblocks.


Tomigoro, a former sumo wrestler, was the second in command and became the leader of the outlaws after the death of the founder.

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Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Actor Nakamura Shikan Plays as Tairiki Tomigoro
Subject Samurai & Male, Kabuki
Condition Report Slightly yellowed, vertical crease on the left, minor wormhole.
Dimensions 37.2 x 25 cm
Publisher Iseya Kanekichi