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: The Actors Arashi Rikan II as Tsumahei and Sawamura Kunitaro as Magaki

The Actors Arashi Rikan II as Tsumahei and Sawamura Kunitaro as Magaki

Woodblock print
Artist: Hokumyō 北妙 (fl. ca. 1829-1837)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1829
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 17.2 x 12.2 cm (6 3/4 x 4 13/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
This small print signed Shunko, the early name of the artist Hokumyo, shows the Osaka kabuki star Arashi Rikan II (Kichisaburo II; 1769-1821) in the male role of Tsumahei, and Sawamura Kunitaro II (?-1836) in the female role of Magaki. As shown here, Nakamura Utaemon III (1778-1838) appears in Osaka prints in double half-length portraits composed to focus on the actors' faces. These actors never performed together in the roles specified in the inscriptions. The print depicts a "dream" performance--one that kabuki fans might like to see--through mitate, an unexpected juxtaposition.
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actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
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