Lovebirds and Lightening in the Summer Rain: Iwai Matsunosuke IV as Katsuragi and Nakamura Tsuruzō II as a House OwnerArtist(s)Toyohara ChikanobuArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1886Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 1/16 in x 9 7/16 in (35.8 cm x 24 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James HayesSubject matter
Actor Iwai Matsunosuke IV was born in Edo in 1857. He became a deciple of Iwai Hanshirō VIII at age 15 and was active in kabuki from 1873 until his death in 1906.
Actor Nakamura Tsuruzō II was born in Edo in 1831 and active in kabuki from 1856 until his death in 1890.
This print shows a woman with her back toward a man. The woman wears brightly colored robes, decorated with grasses, flowers, birds, and a dragon. Her hair is elaborately done up with many gold pins. The man behind her wears plain brown and green robes and scratches his head with his left hand. The background is red with a brown fence.
This is the left panel of a triptych (with 2003/1.409.2 and 2003/1.409.3).
Inscriptions: Katsuraki, Iwai Matsunosuke; Ienushi, Nakamura TsuruzōPrimary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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