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Matsumoto Koshiro IV as the Fish Peddler Gorobei

Artist:
After Tōshūsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–95)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
Probably late 1880s or early 1890s
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper with mica ground
Dimensions:
15 x 10 1/5 in. (38.1 x 25.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
JP734
Not on view
Gorobei is a fish peddler with a most conscientious and thoughtful disposition. His pose and his hand gesture, holding his pipe to his chin, are conventional Kabuki signs for characters immersed in thought. In this scene, Gorobei is planning his strategy for rescuing a friend in trouble.
Signature: Toshusai Sharaku ga.
Francis Lathrop , Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (until d. 1909). ; Estate of Francis Lathrop , New York (1911; sold to MMA).
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