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Woodblock print - Nakamura Shikan II as Tadanobu

Nakamura Shikan II as Tadanobu

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shunbaisai Hokuei (artist)
    Kinkado Konishi (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print

  • Museum number:

    E.5016-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

As evidenced in this work by the early 19th-century artist Hokuei, dramatic power and energy characterised the theatrical prints of Osaka. This particular design depicts the end of the Fushimi-Inari Shrine scene in Act 2 of a play staged at the Naka-za Theatre in Osaka in May 1835. The play seems to have been a version of the highly popular Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the 1,000 Cherry Trees). Yoshitsune parts with Lady Shizuka at the shrine and leaves with his party. A sorrowful Lady Shizuka leaves the stage, and finally Nakamura Shikan II as Tadanobu makes his exit by the hanamichi (walkway). Tadanobu here is actually a fox who will loyally accompany Lady Shizuka to Mt Yoshino.

Physical description

This print most likely depicts the end of the Fushimi-Inari Shrine scene in Act 2 of a play staged at the naka-za Theatre in Osaka in May 1935. The play seems to have been a version of the 'Yoshitsune senbon zakura' (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees). Yoshitsune parts with Lady Shizuka at the shrine and leaves with his party. A sorrowful Lady Shizuka leaves the stage and finally Nakamura Shikan II as tadanobu makes his exit by the hanamichi or walkway. Tadanobu here is actually a fox who will loyally accompany Lady Shizuka to Mt. Yoshino. Oban size. Signature: Shunbaisai Hokuei ga. Seal: Hokuei. Publisher: Kinkado Konishi.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1835 (made)

Artist/maker

Shunbaisai Hokuei (artist)
Kinkado Konishi (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Dimensions

Height: 36.4 cm, Width: 24.4 cm

Descriptive line

Shunbaisai Hokuei: The Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan II, Japanese print, 1835

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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