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six bust portraits of actor OnoeTamizō
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • six bust portraits of actor OnoeTamizō, 1830, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • OnoeTamizō Kyūhenka no Uchi (The 9 Roles of the Actor Onoe Tamizō)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 352.4 x 241.3 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.305

The 6 roles are Soga no Gorō Mustutoki (TR), Teahouse (CR), young woman (BR), Seiōbo (TL), Homei (CR), Urashima no Karishi (BL). Portraits are reflected in mirrors.

Six bust views of figure, each in black frame on white ground. In the top left is a woman with white and blue flowers and an orange bow in her hair, wearing a white collar and blue floral robe. In the center left position is a man who is bald on top, but has long hair on the sides. He has a gray band tied around his head. He is wearing an orange floral robe with a blue collar. In the lower left position that is a bald man with a bit of white hair. He is wearing a blue robe with a brown collar. In the upper right position is a man with black hair. He has orange paint around his eyes. In the center right position is a man who is bald on top, but has black hair on the sides pulled back. He is wearing a black and brown robe. In the lower right position is a woman with an orange bow and a floral print band in her hair. She is wearing an orange and white robe.

Each portrait has a row of characters to its right.