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Satsuma Gengobê and Koman at a picture house in the play “Godairiki Koi no Fûjime"

By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III): Kabuki prints

Satsuma Gengobê and Koman at a picture house in the play “Godairiki Koi no Fûjime"

Satsuma Gengobê and Koman at a picture house in the play “Godairiki Koi no Fûjime", 1854, Color Woodblock Print
14" x 30", $625, Available, MBFA

"Godairiki koi no fujime", a translation of which can mean ""Five Great Powers That Secure Love", was performed at the Ichimura Theater in Edo in Feb of 1854. Gengobe is a samurai and Koman a geisha in love with each other. The play involves a story of deception by the "bad guy" Sasano Sangobê which leads to Gengobe killing Koman through a misapprehension of infidelity. He ends out discovering his mistake but avenges things somewhat by killing Sangobe and recovering a stolen heirloom, restoring somehow the honor of his master's house. In the triptych the two are shown visiting a traveling dealer in horse prints. Notice the partially shown image of the actor print on the far left, a depiction of the role of Shinozuka Iganokami, dramatic concentric white squares in a bold burnt sienna costume.

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