Iwai Shijaku [I] as Gion no Okaji

Accession Number
2003/1.522

Title
Iwai Shijaku [I] as Gion no Okaji

Artist(s)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1822-1844

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
14 1/2 in. x 10 1/16 in. ( 36.9 cm x 25.5 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James Hayes

Subject matter
Actor Iwai Shijaku I, also known as Iwai Hanshirō VII, was the oldest son of Iwai Hanshirō V.  He was born in 1804 and died in 1845.

Physical Description
In this print, a woman sits on the ground, wielding a sword in front of her.  The ground is white, and white petals or snow are falling from the night sky.  Behind her is a body of water, bridge, and a distant building.
 
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kuniyoshi ga; Publisher’s seal: Ō Jōkin Ikenaka; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Gion no Okaji, Iwai Shijaku

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
actors
kabuki
night
swords
theater (discipline)

3 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Kabuki Images
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)
"Japan", Gender, etc.
(Part of: body, physicality and form; mod/contemporary religious imagery (Japan Rotation Winter 2022 DRAFT))

& Author Notes

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