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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
|Maker(s):||Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III); Izutsuya Shōkichi, publisher|
|Culture:||Japanese (1786–1864); Japanese (active ca. 1849–1865)|
|Title:||The Actor Kawarazaki Gonjurō I as Tekomai Masukichi, from the play "The Weaving Together of the Sun, Moon, and Stars at Day and at Night" ('Jitsugetsusei chūya no oriwake')|
|Measurements:||overall: 14 7/16 in x 9 13/16 in; 36.7 cm x 24.9 cm|
|Accession Number: ||AC 2005.273|
|Credit Line:||Gift of William Green||
single panel of a vertical ōban triptych; yakusha-e; nishiki-e
The actor Kawarazaki Gonjurō I performed the role of Tekomai Masukichi in the ninth lunar month of 1859, when this play made it's premiere in Edo. Now more commonly known as Ryūsei, this kabuki play by Kawatake Mokuami is a humorous and ribald tale of the exploits of the gods centered around a marital dispute of the god and goddess of thunder, and includes a famous dance performed by a shooting star.
This print is signed "Toyokuni ga" ('drawn by Toyokuni') at lower-right within the red toshidama cartouche. To the right of the cartouche is the circular combined date-aratame seal of the censor, indicating that this print was inspected and approved the tenth lunar month of 1859 (Ansei 6), only a month after the play's premiere. Below the censor's mark is the seal of publisher Izutsuya Shōkichi, who published many series and unserialized prints by Kunisada. The role played by Kawarazaki is identified within the red cartouche at middle-right. - BB, 2013
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Muppet: Frantically Busy (reimagined work for Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)’s Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjurō I as Tekomai Masukichi, from the play “The Weaving Together of the Sun, Moon, and Stars at Day and at Night,” 1859, 2005.273)
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