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Title:

The kabuki actor Bandô Mitsugorô III

Maker:

Kuniyasu, Utagawa; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1794-1832

Category:

print

Name:

surimono

Date:

1826

School/Style(s):

Japanese; Ukiyo-e

Period:

19th century

Description:

Surimono. Colour prints from woodblocks, with blind embossing (karazuri), and white pigment spattered by hand for the snow. Shikishi-ban diptych, left-hand sheet (mounted with P.526-1937, the right-hand sheet). Signed: Kuniyasu ga. Printer’s seal: Suri-kô Shinzô. Poets: Kôutei (?) Hanamitsu, Suihôtei Komatsu, Kamenoya Osemaru and Hisakataya Misora. 1826.

Technique(s):

woodcut
colour printing

Acquisition:

given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn

Notes:

Spring kyôka surimono for the Hisakataya poetry circle commemorating the ‘opening of the season’ performance at Edo’s Ichimura theatre in 12/1825. The play was Azumi dairi kabuki no shôgatsu (Palace in the East: the theatre New Year), and this snow fight scene was a great hit with the public. Kikunojô is probably playing Hamahagi, wife of Iwai Goden, while Mitsugorô plays Onizuka Hyôgonosuke. Kunisada made a similar diptych of this scene.

Related Object:

P.526-1937; The kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojô V

Accession:

Object Number: P.525-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182389; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2012-04-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/182389





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