The Flowers of Words and Fall Leaves at Peak Color: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Koshō HōsakuArtist(s)Utagawa KunisadaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1849Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 7/16 in x 9 15/16 in (36.6 cm x 25.3 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James HayesSubject matter
Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV was born in 1796 and active from 1813 until his death in 1852. He was best known for his roles in period plays and good at tachiyaku (lead protagonist), jitsuaku (villain), and onnagata (“female form” or “female role”) roles.Physical Description
A barefoot man stands with one arm raised and the other holding a hoe behind him. He is wearing plain robes and his head is covered in a blue cloth. A spotlight illuminates the leaves behind him.
Inscriptions: Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Mera/Murata (Censor's seal); Toyokuni (Signature); Koshō Hōsaku
This is the left panel of a triptych.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaAsianRights
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farmers (people in agriculture)
lanterns (lighting devices)