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Crossing Swords in the Pleasure Quarters: Onoe Kikugorō V as Nagoya Sanza

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Crossing Swords in the Pleasure Quarters: Onoe Kikugorō V as Nagoya Sanza

Toyohara Kunichika

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 in x 9 5/8 in (35.5 cm x 24.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Stuart Katz

Subject matter
Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII also held the name Onoe Kikugorō V. He was born to a family of kabuki actors in Edo in 1844. He was active from the time he was a child, in 1848, until shortly before his death in 1903. He was known for his roles in contemporary plays and was the head of the Nakamura-za in 1869.

Physical Description
A man holds a sword in both hands in front of him. He wears a bright blue robe with red and yellow birds. The background is plain with lines of calligraphy along the top.

This is the center panel of a triptych (with 2008/2.10A and 2008/2.10C).

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theater (discipline)

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Kabuki Images
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