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Portrait of the Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō IV
  • Katsukawa Shun'ei
    active: Japan
  • Portrait of the Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō IV, 1794, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • untitled series of actor portraits with mica-dusted backgrounds
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut, mica
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 314 x 215 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/8 x 8 7/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1982.0127
Label Text

Ōkubie portrait of Matsumoto Kōshirō IV (1737-1802) against a mica background in the role of Kakutei jishi (Kakubei the lion dancer). Originally written in the play Chigo Torii Tobiiri Kitsune, and first performed in 1777. This unrecorded appearance of Matsumoto Kōshirō was probably part of a performance in the eleventh month of 1794.