- Museum number
- Object: Yakusha gakuya-buro no nigiwai 俳優楽屋風呂の賑ひ (A lively scene of actors in the green-room bath)
Woodblock triptych print, colour. Kabuki actors sharing a bath backstage. The actors depicted, from left to right, are: Onoe Kikugorō V, Ichikawa Yonezō, Ichikawa Danjūrō IX, Nakamura Fukusuke IV, Bandō Kichiroku, Ichikawa Sadanji I. Kikugorō’s manservant (Otowaya otoko-shū) presents a letter addressed to Kikugorō (identified on the letter by the actor's poetry name Baikō).
- Production date
- 1892 (October)
Height: 37 centimetres (each sheet)
Width: 25 centimetres (each sheet)
- Curator's comments
- This amusing, semi-naked evocation of the backstage world at Kabuki would have been of interest to ardent theatre fans. Leading actor Ichikawa Danjūrō IX still retains his red kumadori 'strength' makeup worn onstage. In the changing room next door, the actors have casually discarded cotton yukata robes that are each patterned with the crest of the actor concerned.
(T. Clark, 2/2016)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 Oct - 2017 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Acquisition date
- Registration number