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Unidentified Play: Bando Shūka I as Fujiya Azuma

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Unidentified Play: Bando Shūka I as Fujiya Azuma

Utagawa Kunisada

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 11/16 in x 10 1/16 in (37.3 cm x 25.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James Hayes

Subject matter
Actor Bandō Shūka I also held the name Bandō Mitsugorō V. He was born in 1813 and active from 1824 until shortly before his death in 1854. He was known for both period and contemporary plays and for his portrayal of young onnagata, a word that means “female form” or “female role”.  

Physical Description
The woman in this print squats among the tall grasses and flowers. She wears a brown robe that fades into blue with pictures of moths at the bottom. Her hair is elaborately decorated. In her right hand she holds out an open fan.
Inscriptions: Kuni (Artist’s signature, faded) Kichi (Publisher’s seal); kiwame (Censor’s seal); Fujiya Atsuma, Bandō Shūka

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Hedyloidea (superfamily)
actors (performing artists)
fans (costume accessories)
flowers (plant components)
theater (discipline)
women (female humans)

1 Related Resource

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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