Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Ichimura TheaterArtist(s)Utagawa KunisadaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1811Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in (36.83 cm x 24.92 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial CollectionSubject matter
This print shows the interior of the Ichimura-za theatre, one of three kabuki theatres in Edo (Tokyo) and home to many famous kabuki actors. The theatre opened in 1667. It burned down and was rebuilt several times through the nineteenth and early twentieth century. However, after burning in 1932 it was never rebuilt.Physical Description
This image shows several men and women busily moving about. At the right, three men are seated on the floor, watching the commotion. A shrine is partly visible behind them. Furniture, clothes piles, and cast-off sandals add to the business of the scene. Small blocks of text identify each of the individuals.
This is the right panel of a triptych (with 1969/2.147 and 1969/2.148).
Inscriptions: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Publisher's seal); Kunisada ga (Artist's signature)Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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