Yamashina Shirojuro in the Role of Nagoya Sanzaemon
Tōshūsai Sharaku (Japanese, active 1794–95)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Image: 12 3/4 x 6 in. (32.4 x 15.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Not on view
The samurai in this print wears an overvest (kataginu) with matching trousers (hakama), a less formal ensemble than the jacket (suo) and long trousers (nagabakama) shown in this case.
The print, part of a triptych, presents the actor Yamashina Shirojuro in the role of the samurai Nagoya Sanzaemon from the kabuki play Keisei sanbon karakasa (The Courtesan and the Three Umbrellas). In the play, Nagoya Sanzaemon is killed and his son avenges his death.
Signature: Toshusai Sharaku ga
Marking: Seal: Kiwame–authorized
Frederick E. Church , New York (until 1929; sold to MMA).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The Surviving Works of Sharaku," December 1, 1939–January 15, 1940.
Art Institute of Chicago. "The Surviving Works of Sharaku," February 1, 1940–March 15, 1940.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "The Surviving Works of Sharaku," April 1, 1940–May 1, 1940.
Tokyo. Tobu Museum of Art. "Toshusai Sharaku," October 22, 1995–December 10, 1995.