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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
The renowned onnagata Nakamura Tomijuro II (Matsue III, 1786-1855) is depicted against a wood-grain background as if the portrait were painted on a votive panel of the type offered with prayers to Shinto shrines. Tomijuro wears flamboyant robes, which he turns to display in their full splendor. The haiku (hokku) signed with the actor's poetry name, Keishi, offers gratitude to the gods for inheriting the name Tomijuro, a name previously used by a great Osaka-born onnagata who had died the year his successor was born. The poem reads:
Bestowed a famous name,
I proceed along the path of acting
in this glorious spring season.
Translation of poem by John T. Carpenter
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 64, pp. 180-181.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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