Kabuki Actor Sawamura Sojuro III

Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豊国 (1769-1825)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1795
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 33.4 x 22.8 cm (13 1/8 x 9 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

actor, aiban, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, warrior, WWII-era provenance, yakusha-e
Provenance information is currently unavailable

Sawamura Sojvro III (1753-1801) performs the role of the high-ranking warrior, Ashikaga Yorikane. He wears a kimono luxuriously decorated with a spectacular pattern of chrysanthemums over a geometric background. This print, in a slightly smaller format than the Actors on the Stage (Yakusha butai no sugata-e) series, resembles that famous series in composition and style. However, the print is untitled, and the actor would have been identifiable only by his appearance. An inscription written in red ink at the lower left, perhaps by an early owner of the print, reads "Sawamura Tosshi," Sojvro's "poetry name" (haimyo).

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 24, pp. 100-101.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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