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Ichikawa Danjūrō II (?) Performing Shibaraku in the Ichimura Theater

Artist:
Torii Kiyotada (Japanese, fl. ca. 1720–50)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1738
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); W. 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1567
Not on view
On the runway to the stage, the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō appears just before striding forward to save the day, shouting "Shibaraku!" ("Wait a moment!") in a bravado role he created. Kiyotada employed the technique of two-point perspective to show the interior of the theater.

Early Kabuki performances were all-day affairs before audiences who ate, drank, and gossiped while awaiting the entrance of favorite actors, who struck their famous poses.
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