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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
This close-up portrait portrays the actor Segawa Kikunojo III, who was a leading onnagata in the 1780s. He is identified by his "shop name" (yago), Hamamuraya, and his haimyo, Roko, which are written on the slips of paper usually intended for inscribing poetry that are suspended from the wisteria arbor. This portrait of Kikunojo in the role of a courtesan is exceptional for its seductive eroticism in which the actor, whose wig is loose and disheveled, leans forward with lips parted while gazing enticingly toward the viewer.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 17, p. 86-87.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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