Lineup of Five Great Kabuki Actors: Bandō Hikosaburō V as the Sound of the Golden Crane
Artist(s)Toyohara Kunichika Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1867Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
13 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in (35.24 cm x 24.45 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46 cm);13 11/16 in x 9 1/2 in (34.7 cm x 24.1 cm);13 15/16 in x 9 11/16 in (35.4 cm x 24.6 cm)Credit LineGift of Pearl SellardsSubject matter
Actor Bandō Hikosaburō V was born in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1832. He was active from 1842 until his death in 1877. He was known for his skill at playing all roles and was particularly notable for his performances of budōgoto (martial arts), villains, and onnagata (“female form” or “female role”). He was considered to be the best actor in the three cities, Edo, Osaka, and Kyoto.Physical Description
This is a print of a man wearing a dark robe. He holds a blue fan across his chest in his right hand bearing white letters that read “hi no de”. The background is red and white plaid. A white bubble behind his head has some calligraphy in it.
Inscriptions: Tōsei hinode itsuwari; Kogane tsuru no ne; (calligraphy); Kunichika hitsu (Artist's signature); Ningyōchō, Gusokuya (Publisher's seal); u 6, aratame (Censors' seal)
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actors (performing artists)
fans (costume accessories)
men (male humans)