Self-Portrait of Danjuro VII in a Shibaraku Performance
Ichikawa Danjuro VII (Japanese, 1791–1859)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
8 x 7 in. (20.3 x 17.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
Not on view
Ichikawa Danjūrō VII portrayed himself in a "Shibaraku!" performance. "Shibaraku!" was customarily performed as part of the annual November "showing-faces" (kaomise) production to introduce a company of actors to the public. The bombastic shout of "Shibaraku!" was believed to ward off evil. Three poems are inscribed above the picture, including Danjūrō's poem at the center. Dominating the picture is the famous family crest of three nested squares (mimasu), seen both on the sleeves of the character's kimono and as the print's frame.
Signature: Painted by VII Danjuro (Shichi-dai-me Danjuro ga); seal: Shichi-dai-me
Marking: Seal of printer: shuko (printer) Kozensai (on back of print) Eijudo (three silver characters near margin at right)
Bloomington. Indiana University Art Museum. "Art of the Surimono," February 25, 1979–March 25, 1979.
Princeton University Art Museum. "Transformations in Japanese Painting," March 1, 1983–June 26, 1983.
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 11, 1999–July 4, 1999.