Lineup of Five Great Kabuki Actors: Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I as Gon of the Treasure KnotArtist(s)Toyohara Kunichika Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1867Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
13 7/8 in x 9 3/16 in (35.24 cm x 23.37 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46 cm);13 15/16 in x 9 5/8 in (35.4 cm x 24.5 cm);13 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in (35.2 cm x 24.1 cm)Credit LineGift of Pearl SellardsSubject matter
Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I (Ichikawa Danjūrō IX) was born in Edo in 1838 and active in kabuki from 1843 until his death in 1903. His father was Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. He was known for his roles in jidaimono
(period plays) as well as sewamono
(contemporary plays). He played tachiyaku
(lead protagonist), jitsuaku
(villain), and onnagata
(“female form” or “female role”) roles and was famous in Japan and internationally.
This is a portrait of a man looking off to the side. He wears a bright blue robe with white decorations. He holds a cloth behind his neck in one hand. The background is red plaid. A sky-blue inset above the man’s head has several lines of calligraphy.
Inscriptions: Takaramusubi no gon; (Calligraphy); Kunichika hitsu (Artist's signature); Ningyōchō, Gusokuya (Publisher's seal); u 6, aratame (Censors' seal)Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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