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The Actor Segawa Kikunojo I as a courtesan

A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; vertical oban diptych, beni-e.
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  • A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; vertical oban diptych, beni-e.

Date:

c. 1747

Artist:

Ishikawa Toyonobu
Japanese, 1711–1785

About this artwork

This is probably a portrait of the actor who played the courtesan Nishikigi in the play A Group of Sumo Wresters of the Izu Peninsula, which was performed at the Nakamura theater in December 1747. Since women were prohibited from acting onstage, female roles were taken by men called onnagata. The actor Segawa Kikunojo I was one of the most famous onnagata of the time. His crest (mon) appears on his sleeve.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Ishikawa Toyonobu

Title

The Actor Segawa Kikunojo I as a courtesan

Origin

Japan

Date

1742–1752

Medium

Hand-colored woodblock print; vertical oban diptych, beni-e

Dimensions

69.6 × 25.2 cm (27 1/2 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.2252

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