The Actor Arashi Rikan II as Sasaki Saburo Moritsuna

Maker(s)
Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (active 1829-1837)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1831
Medium
Woodblock print; ink, color, brass and embossing on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 37.1 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.281
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, oban, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

In this stunning portrait, the Osaka actor Arashi Rikan II (1788-1837) plays the lead role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the play popularly known as Moritsuna jinya. Inspired by the Battle of Osaka Castle in the summer of 1615, in which Tokugawa Ieyasu finally destroyed the son of his late rival, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the play was set in the less politically sensitive Kamakura period (1185-1333). The emphatic graphic quality of the black costume is accentuated by the repetition of the actor's family crest in the drawn-up curtain overhead. Accents of brass, embossing, and overprinted black patterns on the costume lend luxurious detail to what might otherwise be a stark image.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 59, pp. 170-171.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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