Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Nakamura TheaterArtist(s)Utagawa KunisadaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1811-1814Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
14 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in (36.8 cm x 24.9 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial CollectionSubject matter
This image depicts the backstage area of Nakamura-za Theater following a successful performance. The Nakamura-za Theater was one of three kabuki theaters in Edo (Tokyo) and home to many famous kabuki actors. According to early accounts, it opened in 1624. After several turbulent decades, it finally closed in 1893.
This image shows several men and women engaged in activitties in three different rooms. At the bottom of the image, two men try to feed a young child. To the left, a man beckons from his seat on a red mat that extends out of the image. Piles of clothes and full cabinets add to the clutter of the scene. Small lines of text hover near each person, identifying him.
This is the right panel of a tryptich (with 1969/2.144 and 1969/2.145).
Inscriptions: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Publisher's seal); Kunisada ga (Artist's signature)
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