The Actors Arashi Kitsuburu II as Kumasaka Chohan and Sawamura Kunitaro as Ushiwakamaru

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Maker(s)
Artist: Gigadō Ashiyuki 戯画堂芦幸 (active ca. 1814–33)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1827
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.6 x 38 cm (10 1/16 x 14 15/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.248
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, battle, Edo period (1615 - 1868), haiku, Japan, kabuki, oban, poems, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

In this Osaka print, a fight scene between Ushiwakamaru (the young warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune, 1159-1189) and Kumasaka Chohan shows the youth leaping high in the air and aiming his sword. The print composition highlights the grace of the actors and the effort toward visual effect that characterizes fight scenes. Between the actors is a poem (a common feature of Osaka prints) in which Ushiwakamaru is compared to a spike of frost that can push through the ground in freezing weather:

A spike of frost
reveals its strength
as it lunges forward.

Translation of poem by John T. Carpenter

Published References
  • At the Museums. vol. XLIX, no. 1, 2003. p. 70.
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 55, pp. 162-163.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum