Shigeharu's diptychs with elaborate backgrounds or border designs are much sought after and difficult to find. This one features a black ground with running scripts and a diagonally arranged textile uniting the two sheets and patterned with hagoita (battledores), kemari (kick-ball), sakura (cherry flowers), and shikishi-ban (poem cards). Overall, this is an exceptional Osaka design. The yellow ground behind the actors' portraits without the poem (as in our impression) is generally accepted as the first state.
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