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Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (1791–1859) in the Role of Konoshita Tokichi from the Scene "Mountain Gate" in the Play Yakko Yakko Edo Hanayari

Artist:
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1819
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 3/16 x 7 7/16 in. (20.8 x 18.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Mrs. J. Watson Webb, 1930
Accession Number:
JP2396
Not on view
This print, one sheet of a triptych, depicts Ichikawa Danjūrō VII holding in one hand an umbrella and in the other a duck, shot with an arrow and clasping a letter in its mouth. Danjūrō wears a kimono with a design of gourds, an emblem of his family since the time when Danjūrō II was given a gourd formerly used by the famous haiku poet Matsuo Bashō to store rice.
Signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

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