Onoe Kikujirô II as Mondo's Wife, Oyasu; from Sumidagawa tsui no kagamonArtist(s)Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1852Medium & Supportcolor woodblock print on paperDimensions
14 5/16 in. x 9 3/4 in. ( 36.3 cm x 24.8 cm )Credit LineGift of Herbert BarrowsLabel copy
This print is the left image in a triptych depicting actors in the kabuki play "Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon," which was performed at the Nakamuraza Theater in Edo (modern Tokyo) in the intercalary 2nd month of 1852. The central print (not shown) is of the actor Sawamura Chôjûrô V in the role of Suzuki Mondo, and the far right print depicts Bandô Shûka I (also not shown) as Hashimotoya Shiraito. The prints is dated to the Third Month of 1852 by the censors seals.
For an image of the Bandô Shûka print, see http://www.kabuki21.com/shuka1_gf7.php.
This print is somewhat yellowed with age.Subject matter
Actor Onoe Kikujirō II was born in 1814 in Osaka. He held the name Kikujirō from 1835 until 1856. He was one of the most famous onnagata (“female role” or “female form”) actors of the 1850s and 60s. He was most well known for his roles as a wife in contemporary plays. He died in 1875.Physical Description
In this print, a woman in a patterned blue robe with white seals holds a black sash in both hands. She looks over her left shoulder. Behind her, a white and blue cloth is tied to the lattice on a wall. A cylindrical lantern sits on the floor.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Toyokuni ga; Publisher’s seal: Akasaka Kichi; Censor’s seals: Ne 3, Mera, Watanabe; Mondo tsuma OyasuPrimary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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interior spaces (spaces by location)
women (female humans)