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actors Matsumoto Kōshirō IV and Nakamura Matsue I
  • Katsukawa Shunshō
    1726–1792
    active: Japan
  • actors Matsumoto Kōshirō IV and Nakamura Matsue I, 1780, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 324 x 227 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 324 x 227 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0987
Description

Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō IV (1737-1802) as a samurai, and Nakamura Matsue I (1742-1786) in an onnagata role (male playing a female) of courtesan (holding sword) on a neutral background. The female figure on the left is squatting near the ground. She is holding a thin sword in her left hand. She has a salmon-colored kimono with a white geometric pattern and a beige piece of fabric around her waist. She has a beige robe with green circles in salmon-colored hexagons. She is looking to the right and has hairpins in her hair. The male figure standing to the right wears a piece of green fabric with white horizontal stripes and salmon-colored leaves. He holds a thin sword in both hands. He is bald on the top of his head except for a black ponytail and black hair on the sides of his head. There is black calligraphy at left center. Probably depicts scene from the play Meiboshi Sendai with the courtesan Takao, mistress of Ashikaga Yorikane.