We have not verified the kabuki play or legend that inspired this design. The ideograms for mitate are written at the
top of each cartouche, indicating imaginary performances (actors who had not actually played the particular roles together in
a stage production of the story).
One of the spectacular polyptych designs in Osaka printmaking, offered here in an unusually well-preserved impression.
Ushiwaka Saburô holds a long bow as he subdues a giant eagle. To his left stands Tsujkaze Hachibei with a huge axe,
while to his right Inaba Tarô brandishes a sword. On his far right Inaba holds a torch aloft while wrestling an
adversary to the ground.
References: IKBYS-III, no. 111; TWOP, cat. no. 245