Nakamura Shikan IV as the Fishmonger Aratota

Hasegawa Sadamasu 長谷川貞升 Japanese

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This “large-head” portrait captures the energetic presence of the renowned Osaka actor Shikan IV. He is shown in the role of the humble fishmonger from a performance of Rapeseed Blossom Rites at Tenmangū Shrine held at the Naka Theater in Osaka in 1841. The play is one of the popular dramatizations of the life of courtier-poet Sugawara no Michizane, who was unjustly exiled from the imperial court and eventually deified to quell his angry spirit.

Nakamura Shikan IV as the Fishmonger Aratota, Hasegawa Sadamasu 長谷川貞升 (Japanese, active 1830s–40s), Woodblock print (nishiki-e), ink and color on paper; vertical chūban, Japan

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