Lineup of Five Great Kabuki Actors: Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I as Gon of the Treasure Knot

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Lineup of Five Great Kabuki Actors: Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I as Gon of the Treasure Knot

Toyohara Kunichika

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

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 Line
Gift of Pearl Sellards

Subject 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.


Physical Description
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)

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2 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Kabuki Images
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)

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