This print shows the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII gazing at a portrait of his ancestor Danjūrō I. Seemingly in confrontation, the men adopt exaggerated poses (mie) and lance each other with piercing gazes. The famous family crest of three nested squares (mimasu) is incorporated into the design of the actors' costumes and into the frame of the portrait of Danjūrō I. The print also includes two kyōka (literally, "crazy poems"), the artist's signature "Gototei Kunisada ga," and the mimasu seal.
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Edo period (1615–1868)