Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Nakamura TheaterArtist(s)Utagawa KunisadaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1805 - 1815Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 7/16 in x 9 7/8 in (36.7 cm x 25.1 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial CollectionSubject matter
This image depicts the backstage area of Nakamura-za Theater following a successful performance. The Nakamura-za Theater was one of three kabuki theaters in Edo (Tokyo) and home to many famous kabuki actors. According to early accounts, it opened in 1624. After several turbulent decades, it finally closed in 1893.Physical Description
In this image, several men and a woman sit on the floor, eating in a relaxed and animated manner. Behind them, at the top left, two older men sit on a raised platform, engaged in something serious. Clothes can be seen folded in containers and the back of the print. Another room is visible at the bottom right.
This is the center panel of a tryptich (with 1969/2.143 and 1969/2.145)
Inscriptions: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Publisher's seal); Kunisada ga (Artist's signature)
Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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