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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.
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Height: 38 centimetres
Width: 25.70 centimetres
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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)
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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- Exhibition history
2019-2020 19 Nov-19 Jan, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Japan, Masters of Ukiyo-e: Five Favorite Artists of Edo Japan
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'
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- 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)
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Associated Title: Hana-ayame bunroku Soga 花菖蒲文禄曽我 (The Iris Soga Story of the Bunroku Period) (play)
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