Buckets of Good Wishes Year after Year: The Inherited Glory of the Ichikawa Clan

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (1786-1864)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1850
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 35.3 x 73.6 cm (13 7/8 x 29 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.142
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, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The name Ichikawa Danjuro is currently held by the twelfth generation member of a distinguished family of kabuki actors founded by Danjuro I, who invented the bravura aragoto acting style that became the family specialty. The talent and creativity of the actors who have held this famous name for more than three hundred years is so admired that it is a major news event when an actor is granted the right to change his name to Danjuro. This print by Kunisada celebrates eight generations of the Danjuro line. He depicts earlier actors in appropriately archaic artistic styles. The title provides only the poetry name Sanjo, which was used by all these actors, because of a government ban in 1842 that inhibited the publication of actor prints and the specification of their names for several years. The eight Danjuro generations and their roles are shown here from right to left: I (1660-1704) as Kumakura Gongoro, II (1689-1758) as Kumedera Danjo, III (1721-1742) as Agemaki no Sukeroku, IV (1712-1778) as the outcast Keikiyo, V (1741-1806) as Yanone no Goro, VI (1778-1799) as Nagasaki Jiro, VII (1791-1859) as Fuwa Banzaemon, and VIII (1823-1854) as Shinotsuka Iganokami.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 39, pp. 130-131.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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