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Ichikawa Komazo II in the Role of Ouchinosuke Ujiyasu from the Play "San ga no Sho mutsumi no hanayome"

Artist:
Katsukawa Shunchō (Japanese, active ca. 1783–95)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1787
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2662
Not on view
Three actors strike dramatic poses (mie) on the stage while behind them, on a raised platform, singers narrate the story with samisen music, a Kabuki musical type known as tokiwazu.

The actor on the right is Ichikawa Komazo II (1737–1802), the future Matsumoto Koshiro IV, who became a pupil of Danjūrō IV in 1757 and took the name of Koshiro in 1772. His kimono is covered with a design of the crest of the hereditary name Koshiro, four flowers arranged in the shape of a diamond.
Signature: Shuncho ga
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
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