Nakamura Denkuro as Asaina no Saburo and Nakajima Kanzaemon as Soga no Gorō, Acting Out the Torn Armor Scene (Kusazuri-biki) in a Soga Play
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (26.4 x 37.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
One of Japan's most popular tales of revenge, the story of the twelfth-century Soga brothers, raised by their mother to avenge their father's death, was adapted to all manner of stage portrayals. Acts of extraordinary strength and resolve are the mainstay of the tale. Juro and Gorō were played by the premier aragoto, or "rough," character actors of the day.
Signature: To-bu Yamato Eshi Okumura Masanobu Zu Seal: Okumura Masanobu
Marking: The red stamp is that of the 19th century artist Kyosai, a former owner.