Two Kabuki Actors Offstage

Maker(s)
Artist: Hashimoto Naoyoshi
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1879
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 36.2 x 23.5 cm (14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1999.27
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, kabuki, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), theater, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999

Notes:

[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury

Label

The format of this print suggests that it was part of a triptych, with one sheet to its right and left, completing the composition. The title would have appeared on the right sheet, and the artist's name at the far left. There is a blank margin on the left side only to allow for joining the sheets by overlapping the right-hand edges.

This vivid image shows two Kabuki actors dressed in their street attire. Ichikawa Danjuro is at the upper center, wearing a Western-style black jacket and modish purple bowtie. Both he and the other actor, who wears traditional Japanese garments, have their hair cut short in the style favored by the men of the period who wanted to adopt what was regarded as the most modern style.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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