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Gonin otoko (Kabuki play, The 5 Chivalrous Commoners)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Gonin otoko (Kabuki play, The 5 Chivalrous Commoners), circa 1847–1852, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 374.7 x 260.4 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: each 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.008.a-e
Multimedia
Description
Exhibitions

a: Left section. single male figure, kabuki actor as An no Heibei, on empty background with upper border of black and white (paper color) sakura (cherry) blossoms. Figure wearing a purple striped kimono with red-orange sash and blue-green lining. Holds white and yellow fan in right hand, blue and white scarf in left hand and over his shoulder. Yellow clogs on the feet.

b: End section on left. One standing male figure, kabuki actor as Kaminari Shōkurō, in purple striped robes with green ring and red-orange sash. Holds a narrow blue object in his right hand and a red purse in the left. No background except for black section at top filled with white (negative) sakura blossoms.

c:Second section from left. Male figure, kabuki actor in role of Gokuin Sen'emon, standing in center in purple striped robes with green lining, brown bottom trim, red-orange sash, and blue and white scarf around his neck. Holds narrow blue object in his right hand, and holds kimono up with left hand. Facing right. Black tree on left side diagonally to the top, then covered by black area with white (negative) sakura blossoms.

d: Middle section. Central male figure, kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV (1798-1852) in role of Hotei Ichiomon, in squatting position with hands over head. Wears a purple striped robe with green lining and brown trim at the bottom. Red-orange sash, yellow clogs, blue and white sword. Upper border of black with white (negative) sakura blossoms.

e: Second section from right. Male standing figure, Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (1791-1859) as Karigame Bunshichi. Upper border of black with white (negative) sakura blossoms.