Onoe Kikujirô II as Mondo's Wife, Oyasu; from Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon

Accession Number

Onoe Kikujirô II as Mondo's Wife, Oyasu; from Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon

Utagawa Kunisada

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

14 5/16 in. x 9 3/4 in. ( 36.3 cm x 24.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Barrows

Label copy
This print is the left image in a triptych depicting actors in the kabuki play "Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon," which was performed at the Nakamuraza Theater in Edo (modern Tokyo) in the intercalary 2nd month of 1852. The central print (not shown) is of the actor Sawamura Chôjûrô V in the role of Suzuki Mondo, and the far right print depicts Bandô Shûka I (also not shown) as Hashimotoya Shiraito. The prints is dated to the Third Month of 1852 by the censors seals.
For an image of the Bandô Shûka print, see http://www.kabuki21.com/shuka1_gf7.php.
This print is somewhat yellowed with age.

Subject matter
Actor Onoe Kikujirō II was born in 1814 in Osaka.  He held the name Kikujirō from 1835 until 1856.  He was one of the most famous onnagata (“female role” or “female form”) actors of the 1850s and 60s.  He was most well known for his roles as a wife in contemporary plays.  He died in 1875.

Physical Description
In this print, a woman in a patterned blue robe with white seals holds a black sash in both hands.  She looks over her left shoulder.  Behind her, a white and blue cloth is tied to the lattice on a wall.  A cylindrical lantern sits on the floor.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Toyokuni ga; Publisher’s seal: Akasaka Kichi; Censor’s seals: Ne 3, Mera, Watanabe; Mondo tsuma Oyasu

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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ancestor figures
folding screen
interior spaces (spaces by location)
theater (discipline)
women (female humans)

2 Related Resources

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

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