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Arashi Ryūzō I as Ishibe Kinkichi in the Play "Hana Ayame Bunroku Soga"

Artist:
Tōshūsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–95)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1794
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink, color, white mica on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); W. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1521
Not on view
Like the figure to the right, this actor uses his kimono to make an expressive gesture. Unlike the stealthy Uguisu no Jirō saku, however, the swaggering Ishibe Kinkichi grasps his right sleeve with his left hand and pushes it up to bare his forearm and displays his readiness to fight. The eyes of this petty rascal, however, betray cowardice rather than bravery. Ishibe Kinkichi is the proverbial hard-hearted moneylender, and this conventional gesture expresses the cocky bravado of a bully's threat.
Signature: Toshusai Sharaku ga

Marking: Seal: Kiwame–authorized
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

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