Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the Role of the Monk Mongaku from the Play "Mongaku Kanjincho"
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Oban tate-e; triptych, each: 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (36.2 x 24.8 cm)
Purchase, Jack Greene Gift, 2001
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.
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