Ichikawa Danjuro V as a Chivalrous Commoner (Gonin Otoko) from the Play "Hatsumonbi kuruwa Soga"
Katsukawa Shunshō (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Edo period (1615–1868)
2nd month, 1780
Pentaptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Overall: H. 12 5/16 (31.3 cm); W. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918 (JP396a-d)
Rogers Fund, 1922 (JP396e)
Not on view
Famous actors are dressed as chivalrous commoners (otokodate), the fearless street toughs who protected ordinary people from lawless hatamoto samurai. Here, the actors strike their characteristic poses (mie), with Danjuro V appearing leftmost. Shunsho presents the five in kimono on which is the emblem of each particular role, along with actor's family crest. In the designs on Danjuro V's costume are the character sen under crossed hammers on the outer garment (haori) and the family crest of three nested squares on his inner garment, which is partially obscured.
Signature: Shunsho ga
Frank Lloyd Wright American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona , Richland Center, WI and Phoenix, AZ (before 1918; sold to MMA)
Artist: Design by Katsukawa Shunshō (Japanese, 1726–1792)Date: late 18th–early 19th centuryMedium: Five cases; lacquered wood with gold, silver, black, and red togidashimaki-e on black lacquer ground
Netsuke: ivory; Nō mask
Ojime: lacquer bead
Accession: 36.100.240On view in:Not on view