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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1945,1101,0.49

  • Description

    Colour woodblock print with powdered mica ground. Actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu III as Shirabito Onayo of Gion in play 'The Iris Soga Story of the Bunroku Period'; folding fan. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1794
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 centimetres
    • Width: 25.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

        佐野川市松
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sanogawa Ichimatsu
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        東洲齋冩樂画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Toshusai Sharaku ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Toshusai Sharaku
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        image, left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of censorship.
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        image, left
      • Inscription Comment

        Mark of the publisher, Tsutaya Juzaburo.
  • Curator's comments

    One scene in the play takes place in the Gion entertainment district of Kyoto, where the character Onayo works as a prostitute. The female-impersonator Ichimatsu III was about thirty-five at the time. (Label copy, TTC 1995)Smith 1988

    The female impersonator plays Shirabito Onayo of Gion, from the play 'Hana-ayame Bunroku Soga' (The Iris Soga Story of the Bunroku Period') performed at the Miyako-za theatre in May 1794. This play was a version of the medieval story of the Soga Brothers' revenge, set here in the late sixteenth century. Sharaku's greatest skill was in catching the personality of the actor under the part, especially in the female roles played by men. The signature is 'Painted by Toshusai Sharaku'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Ukiyo-e shuka Vol 11 1 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1988 135 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 BW 155 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001, 30 Jan-8 Apr, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Arts of Japan: Recently repaired paintings, Ukiyo-e IV'
    2008 Feb 18-2008 Jun 1, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Jun- 2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Hana-ayame bunroku Soga 花菖蒲文禄曽我 (The Iris Soga Story of the Bunroku Period) (performed at the Miyako-za theatre in May 1794)
  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Hana-ayame bunroku Soga 花菖蒲文禄曽我 (The Iris Soga Story of the Bunroku Period) (play)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1945

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1945,1101,0.49

Woodblock. General subject - kabuki. Actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu III as Onayo of Gion. Nishiki-e on paper. (According to register, with mica ground).

Woodblock. General subject - kabuki. Actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu III as Onayo of Gion. Nishiki-e on paper. (According to register, with mica ground).

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