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The Actors Ichikawa Yaozo II and Sakata Hongoro

Woodblock Print
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Katsukawa Shunshô was best known for his depictions of actors and scenes from Kabuki - a popular Japanese theatre form. Actor prints were popular amongst city-dwellers of the Edo period (1615-1868). The patrons of Edo's theatres followed the careers of their favourite actors who were the celebrities of their day.

Here Shunshô depicts two famous actors playing a heroic character and a villain in antagonistic theatrical poses (mie). Although the play is unknown, it seems as if the character on the left means to seize a precious scroll from the other using a hidden sword.

Shunshô had many pupils and was the founder of the influential Katsukawa school of artists. This school continued to flourish into the 19th century.


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Woodblock Print
  • Woodblock Print
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Physical Description
Pair of prints, colours printed on paper
Dimensions
  • Height: 310mm
  • Width: 290mm
Styles
Summary
Katsukawa Shunshô was best known for his depictions of actors and scenes from Kabuki - a popular Japanese theatre form. Actor prints were popular amongst city-dwellers of the Edo period (1615-1868). The patrons of Edo's theatres followed the careers of their favourite actors who were the celebrities of their day.



Here Shunshô depicts two famous actors playing a heroic character and a villain in antagonistic theatrical poses (mie). Although the play is unknown, it seems as if the character on the left means to seize a precious scroll from the other using a hidden sword.



Shunshô had many pupils and was the founder of the influential Katsukawa school of artists. This school continued to flourish into the 19th century.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1280:1&2-1896

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record createdNovember 6, 2006
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