The Flowers of Words and Fall Leaves at Peak Color: Bandō Shūka I as Wife Shirayu

Accession Number

The Flowers of Words and Fall Leaves at Peak Color: Bandō Shūka I as Wife Shirayu

Utagawa Kunisada

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 7/16 in x 10 in (36.6 cm x 25.4 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
A woman wearing a multi-layered red robe looks over her shoulder at the legs and arm of a man off the print.  The woman has blue flowers in her hair, and her robe is decorated with orange flowers.  A spotlight illuminates the leaves behind her.

This is the center portion of a triptych.

Inscriptions: Okugata Shirayu; Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Mera/Murata (Censor's seal); Toyokuni ga (Signature)

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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