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Ichikawa Danjūrō I as Soga Gorō

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1710
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (26.4 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
JP547
Not on view
The versatile artist Okumura Masanobu portrayed the great actor Ichikawa Danjūrō I (1660–1704) playing the role of a swaggering hero, or aragoto, Soga Gorō—the role that made him famous. Soga Gorō performed one of his courageous deeds during a hunting trip at the foot of Mount Fuji, where he and his brother avenged the murder of their father.

Originally a page of an album, this print was a memorial portrait of Danjūrō I, made several years after his death.
Signature: None. From a folding album only on the end sheet, JP 547.
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