Kawarazaki Gonjûrô as Takebe Genzô and Azuma Ichizô as his wife, TonamiArtist(s)Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1862Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 11/16 in. x 10 1/16 in. ( 37.3 cm x 25.5 cm )Credit LineGift of Dr. James HayesLabel copy
From a Chûshingura playSubject matter
The play Sugawara no Michizane and the Secrets of Calligraphy
first premiered in 1746 as a puppet play. It was adapted the next month for kabuki and remains one of the most famous and frequently performed in the kabuki repertoire. The narrative is based on the life of the famous scholar Sugawara no Michizane (845-903) who was exiled to Kyushu after being accused of treason.
Ichikawa Danjūrō IX was born in Edo in 1838 and active in kabuki from 1843 until his death in 1903. He was also known as Kawarazaki Gonjūrō. His father was Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. He was known for his roles in jidaimono (period plays) as well as sewamono (contemporary plays). He played tachiyaku (lead protagonist), jitsuaku (villain), and onnagata (“female form” or “female role”) roles and was famous in Japan and internationally.Physical Description
This is a print of a man and a woman. The woman wears a brown robe with white crests on the sleeves. The man’s robe has bright pink and green flowers on the sleeve. They are set against a dark plain background.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Toyokuni ga; Publisher’s seal: To, Horiechō, Ebirin; Censor’s seal: Tori 11 aratame; Takebe Genzō, Kawarazaki Gonjūrō; Nyōbō Tonami, Azuma IchizōPrimary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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men (male humans)
women (female humans)