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Ichikawa Danjūrō VII Admiring Ichikawa Danjūrō I in a Portrait

Artist:
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1820
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink, silver, and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (21.6 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jack Greene Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.715.3
Not on view
This print shows the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII gazing at a portrait of his ancestor Danjūrō I. Seemingly in confrontation, the men adopt exaggerated poses (mie) and lance each other with piercing gazes. The famous family crest of three nested squares (mimasu) is incorporated into the design of the actors' costumes and into the frame of the portrait of Danjūrō I. The print also includes two kyōka (literally, "crazy poems"), the artist's signature "Gototei Kunisada ga," and the mimasu seal.
Signature: The print bears the artist's signature, Gototei Kunisada ga ("painted by Gototei Kunisada").

Inscription: Two kyōka (literally, "crazy poems") are inscribed by Mutamaen (illegible)-sai and Shibaen Morisago.

Marking: Seal: Mimasu, designed with three nested squares is rare.
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