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Colour woodblock print, surimono. Formal portrait of actor Arashi Kichisaburo II, commemorating changing name to Kitsusaburo, dressed in formal attire with sword-bearer and elbow-rest. With eight congratulatory poems. Nishiki-e on paper with applied lacquer and mother-of-pearl. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
- 1820 (?)
Height: 37.70 centimetres
Width: 50.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Smith 1988
Kichisaburo was one of the most popular actors of his day, and like many of his colleagues was a 'haiku' poet as well. This print probably celebrates his change of name in 1820 to Kitsusaburo. To the right are printed a series of congratulatory 'haiku' by his friends, with his own at the bottom, signed with a pen-name Rikan. He is shown in formal attire with a sword-bearer, a status much coveted by those not of samurai origin. His elbow-rest is printed with lacquer and mother-of-pearl, a rare, costly and difficult process. The signature is 'Copied by Kunihiro'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
'Kabuki Heroes of the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830'
British Museum, 30th Jun-8th Aug 2005
Osaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan, 1st-25th Oct 2005
Waseda Daigaku Tsubouchi-Hakushi Kinen Engeki Hakubutsukan, 1st-27th Dec 2005
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