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  • Object type

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  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, one sheet of an oban polyptych. The kabuki actor Sawamura Sojuro IV in an unknown role, grasping a sword.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1811 (1812)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        Toyokuni I, Utagawa
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of gyoji: ‘O-shu’, Osakaya Hidehachi (大坂屋秀八)
  • Curator's comments

    The actor succeeded to the name Sojuro IV in the 11th month of 1811 at the Ichimura-za. He was taken ill in the 5th month of the following year after which he stopped performing, and he died in the 12th month of 1812. According to Waseda University’s Engeki Hakubutsukan online database (see no. 001-0694), this print is dated to between the 3rd and 5th months, 1812. Sojuro was performing at the Ichimura-za during this year. (Paul Griffith, 25/11/2009.)


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1916 77 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • B77
Woodblock print. Kabuki. Actor Sawamura Sojuro as a sumo wrestler. Nishiki-e on paper.


Woodblock print. Kabuki. Actor Sawamura Sojuro as a sumo wrestler. Nishiki-e on paper.

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