The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a “Shibaraku” Role

Artist: Katsukawa Shun'ei 勝川春英 (1762-1819)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1790
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 32.1 x 14.2 cm (12 5/8 x 5 9/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
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Woodblock print

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

Ichikawa Danjuro V appears here in the distinctive costume of the "Shibaraku" role, which features a deep persimmon red robe with large, stiff sleeves, worn with long trousers that trail behind the actor. The family crest used by the Ichikawa Danjuro lineage amplifies the graphic power of the costume. A distinctive wig and dramatic kumadori makeup, which emphasizes the contours of the face, were also features of this role, in which the hero shouts "Shibaraku!" (<i>Wait a moment!<i>) as he marches onstage to save the victims and vanquish the villains with his giant sword. The stage curtain of the Kawarazaki Theater in Edo appears behind the actor in this portrait by Shun'ei, a talented and innovative follower of Shunsho.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 19, pp. 90-91.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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