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Iwai Shijaku I as Koshimoto Chidori 岩井紫若のこしもと千鳥

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1908,0718,0.40

  • Title (object)

    • Iwai Shijaku I as Koshimoto Chidori 岩井紫若のこしもと千鳥
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, oban. The kabuki actor Iwai Shijaku I as the serving lady Chidori (‘koshimoto Chidori’), from Act II, ‘The Disinheriting of Genta’ (‘Genta kando’) (源太勘当), in the play ‘Hiragana seisuiki’ (ひらがな盛衰記), (also ‘Hirakana seisuiki’), by Bunkodo, Miyoshi Shoraku, Asada Kakei and Takeda Izumo II; performed at the Ichimura-za in the 4th month of 1840 (Tenpo 11). A poem by the actor above signed ‘Shijaku’ and sealed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1840
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35.7 centimetres
    • Width: 25.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        centre left
      • Inscription Content

        香蝶楼国貞画
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kochoro Kunisada ga
      • Inscription Comment

        artist’s signature
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        upper right
      • Inscription Content

        腰元千鳥 岩井紫若
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Koshimoto Chidori, Iwai Shijaku
      • Inscription Comment

        print title (actor's role and name)
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        lower left
      • Inscription Content

        鍵山、久
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kagiyama, Hisa
      • Inscription Comment

        publisher’s mark
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        lower left
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kiwame
      • Inscription Comment

        censorship seal
  • Curator's comments

    Depicting the same performance as the last [Hiragana Seisuiki]. Kabuki actors were lionised by their public and expected to be adept at poetry and calligraphy, like the Yoshiwara courtesans. They were often called on to write small calligraphies as autographs for fans. (Label copy, TTC 1997)

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Genta kando (源太勘当) (scene)
    • Associated Title: Hiragana seisuiki (ひらがな盛衰記) (play)
    • Associated Title: Hirakana seisuiki (ひらかな盛衰記) (alternate reading)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1908

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1908,0718,0.40

Woodblock print.Head and shoulders of Iwai Shijaku as Koshie Chidori. With poem above.

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Woodblock print.Head and shoulders of Iwai Shijaku as Koshie Chidori. With poem above.

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