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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the Role of the Monk Mongaku from the Play "Mongaku Kanjincho"

Artist:
Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
1896
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Oban tate-e; triptych, each: 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (36.2 x 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jack Greene Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.715.2a–c
Not on view
Kunichika's triptych illustrates IchikawaDanjūrō IX in the Role of the monk Mongaku. The close view captures the powerful Danjūrō, opening wide a handscroll while flipping away his hapless enemies who cluster about him.

The Ichikawa family's repertoire of aragoto roles was augmented by Danjūrō IX (1839–1903), who established a new repertoire of eighteen plays. His performance in the role of the monk Mongaku in 1896 became so popular that spectators threw coins onto the stage to show their admiration.
Signature: The right sheet bears artist's signature Kunichika hitsu ("painted by Kunichika") with a seal Toyohara Kunichika.

Marking: Seal: Toyohara ga in
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