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Maker(s):Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III); Matsumura Tatsuemon, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1786-1864)
Title:The Actor Iwai Kumeisaburō as the Geisha Oshūn ('Geisha Oshūn Iwai Kumeisaburō')
Date Made:1825
Measurements:overall: 14 in x 9 11/16 in; 35.6 cm x 24.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.172
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

one panel of a Kabuki triptych; ō-ban

Label Text:
The signature, lower-right, reads 'Gototei Kunisada ga,' or "Drawn by Gototei Kunisada." Near the lower-left corner is the publisher's seal for Matsumura Tatsuemon, though owing to condition and an apparent cropping of the print's original margins, it is somewhat obscured. The actor, Iwai Kumeisaburō's 'mon,' or actor's crest, has wittily been transposed from its usual location — the robe of the performer, often on one or both shoulders — to the end of the geisha Oshūn's hairpin, perhaps in parallel to the male actor's transformation into a female role.

Another copy of this print is held in the Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo (acc. no. 002-0094, group no. 101-3473).

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