Ichikawa Omezō I in the Role of Yakko Ippei from the Play Koinyōbō Somewake Tazuna
Tōshūsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–95)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink, color, white mica on paper
14 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (37.8 x 25.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
Not on view
Focusing on bust portraits, Sharaku created bold and stylized depictions of Kabuki actors. In this portrait Ichikawa Omezō I (1781–1833), a disciple of Danjūro V, plays a warrior named Yakko Ippei who was unsuccessful in his attempt to defeat his enemy. On his robe the character for "O" in Omezō appears at the center of the Ichikawa family crest of three nested squares.
Signature: Toshusai Sharaku ga
[ William S. and JohnT. Spaulding , Boston, until 1914; sold to MMA]
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.