namboku

Shiragikumaru from the play Tsuruya Namboku riding the back of an enormous prehistoric-looking sea animal.

From the set: Toyokuni kigo kijutsu kurabe, “A Contest of Magic-scenes by Toyokuni” published by Hiranoya Shinzo 12/1864. One of the best designs from the set.

Signed: Shichijuku-sai Toyokuni hitsu, “The seventy-nine year old Toyokuni drew.”

Utagawa Kunisada I, 歌川国貞