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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Albert Maroni French, 1852 - 1923
Louis W. Black
Ichikawa Danjuro IV performs a "Shibaraku" role in this dynamic print by Shunsho. The actor grasps a pillar as he brandishes his long sword, still in its scabbard, over a cowering samurai played by Nakamura Sukegoro II (1745-1806). The Ichikawa family of actors established this scene as a regular feature of season-opening performances (kaomise). This early print by Shunsho is likely to represent a performance of the play The Genji Clan Now at Its Zenith (Ima wo sakari suehiro Genji), which was performed at the Nakamura Theater in the eleventh lunar month of 1768.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 9, p. 70-71.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
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