A Modern 'The Water Margin': Seki Sanjūrō III as Tsuchiura InajiArtist(s)Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1862Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
17 13/16 in x 13 1/16 in (45.2 cm x 33.2 cm);17 13/16 in x 13 1/16 in (45.2 cm x 33.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Sarah and Otto Graf.Subject matter
Actor Seki Sanjūrō III was born in 1805 and began acting in the late 1810s. He died in 1871.The Water Margin
, also called Outlaws of the Marsh
is a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) novel. It is based on the activities of the twelfth century leader Song Jiang and his band of outlaws. The novel was originally based on legends from the 12-13th centuries and later Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) plays. It has been adapted into several formats in Japan.
This is a portrait of a man scowling. He wears a blue plaid coat over a blue and white striped robe and carries an umbrella. The lower half of the background is light blue, and the upper half is white. There are lines of calligraphy across the top.
Inscriptions: Kinsei suikōden; Tsuchiura Inaji, Seki Sanjūrō; Toyokuni ga (Artist's signature); inu 11, aratame (Censor's seal)
Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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men (male humans)