Lovebirds and Lightening in the Summer Rain: Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Okuni

Accession Number

Lovebirds and Lightening in the Summer Rain: Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Okuni

Toyohara Chikanobu

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 1/16 in x 9 7/16 in (35.8 cm x 24 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James Hayes

Subject matter
Actor Nakamura Fukusuke IV, also known as Nakamura Utaemon V, was born in Edo in 1866 and active in kabuki from 1877 until his death in 1940. He was known for his roles in jidaimono (period plays) and sewamono (contemporary plays). He was best known for his onnagata (“female form” or “female role”) roles and was called the best onnagata in the east and west (i.e. all of Japan).

Physical Description
In this image, a woman holds a pin up to her hair. She wears a blue patterned robe and a black sash with a purple, floral border. The wall behind her is missing in places. Above her is a shelf.
This is the center panel of a triptych (with 2003/1.409.1 and 2003/1.409.3).

Inscriptions: Okuni, Nakaura Fukusuke; Toyohara Chikanobu hitsu (Artist's signature); Takekawa Sekichi (Publisher's seal)


Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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interior spaces (spaces by location)
theater (discipline)
women (female humans)

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