Actor Bando Sanpachi I as Asahina Saburo

Artist: Torii Kiyotsune 鳥居清経 (fl. ca. 1751-1781)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1/1769
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 30.3 x 14.2 cm (11 15/16 x 5 9/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

In this print, the actor Bando Sanpachi i (d. 1770) as the warrior Asahina Saburo, brandishes a battle fan as he assumes the powerful fixed pose (mie) that marks a climactic point in a battle scene. The actor's crests appear in large circular motifs on his costume, which is decorated with auspicious Chinese symbols and a crane that signifies long life. This print by Kiyotsune, whose family specialized in actor designs, represents the actor in an aragoto role that displays the bold, masculine style that became a specialty of Edo actors.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 144, p. 324.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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