The Mogusa-uri Scene from the Drama "Chujo-hime Hibariyama," Performed at Yamamura-za
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
Signature: None. From a folding album only on the end sheet, JP 539.
Inscription: An inscription by a former owner shows that the picture was examined on the 21st day of the 6th month of An-ei 8, i.e. September 1, 1779, by the fourth Iwai Hanshiro, who identified th actor taking the woman's role as Nakamura Takesaburo. This identification was a mistake. Takesaburo, who was a pupil of Gentaro, used a mon having the same devices but marshalled differently; and he was not a member of the company at Yamamura-za in 1709.
Marking: The small outline drawings of rats, bats, etc. that appear upon the print, were drawn upon it by the eccentric and dissipated artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) who was at one time the owner of the album and who imprinted his red seal upon the several sheets of prints that it contained.