Actor Onoe Eizaburo I as a Magician with a Giant Toad

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豊国 (1769-1825)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1809:6-7
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.8 x 24.7 cm (10 3/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.112
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, magic, toad, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

Special stage effects were devised to enhance certain kabuki scenes, especially those involving magic and transformations. This print by Toyokuni, who was famous as a designer of actor prints, shows the actor Onoe Eizaburo I (1784-1849) as the villain, Tenjiku Tokubei, who learned toad sorcery. Here he forms a magical gesture with his hands as he stands behind a giant, fire-breathing toad. Despite damage at the bottom, this print projects a powerful image of a spectacular scene.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 34, pp. 120-121.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum