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The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII as I no Hayata, by Utagawa Kunisada

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An image of The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as I no Hayata. From a set of three spring kyôka surimono, probably made for the year of the dragon 1820. Kunisada, Utagawa (Japanese, 1786-1865). Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks, with metallic pigment and blind embossing (karazuri). Shikishi-ban. Signed: Kunisada ga. 1820. Ukiyo-e. Notes: The prints form a triptych of the killing of the Nue (night monster), a scene which appeared in plays performed by the Danjûrô school and derived from the warrior chronicles Heike monogatari and Gempei seisuiki. The two outer prints conform closely to other representations of the scene, such as an early Meiji period theatre sign painted by Kunisada’s pupil, Kunitoshi (British Museum). Danjûrô’s symbols—the mimasu (triple-rice-measure) and peony—appear along the edge of his armour.

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The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as I no Hayata. From a set of three spring kyôka surimono, probably made for the year of the dragon 1820. Kunisada, Utagawa (Japanese, 1786-1865). Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks, with metallic pigment and blind embossing (karazuri). Shikishi-ban. Signed: Kunisada ga. 1820. Ukiyo-e. Notes: The prints form a triptych of the killing of the Nue (night monster), a scene which appeared in plays performed by the Danjûrô school and derived from the warrior chronicles Heike monogatari and Gempei seisuiki. The two outer prints conform closely to other representations of the scene, such as an early Meiji period theatre sign painted by Kunisada’s pupil, Kunitoshi (British Museum). Danjûrô’s symbols—the mimasu (triple-rice-measure) and peony—appear along the edge of his armour.

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  • Accession Number: P.58-1938
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Photographer name: Image Library; Fitzwilliam Museum
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  • Image width: 896 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
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