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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
During the Edo period (1615-1868) in Japan, fans and admirers collected portraits of their favorite actors in great roles. This portrait depicts kabuki actor Arashi Kitsusaburo ii in the role of the twelfth-century Japanese warrior, Minamoto no Yorimasa, who was famous for dramatically vanquishing a nue, a giant supernatural bird.
The unusual inclusion of a frame around the portrait suggests another layer of meaning beyond the memory of an admired actor's performance. The frame is similar to those that surround the painted wooden votive panels people offered to the native Shinto gods (kami) for blessings and protection.
- Published References
- At the Museums. vol. XLIX, no. 1, 2003. p. 73.
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 303, p. 344.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum