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Iwai Hanshirō V
  • Utagawa Toyokuni II
    active: Japan
  • Iwai Hanshirō V, circa 1830, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (Ōkubie actor portrait series with bat borders)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 259 x 185 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 3/16 x 7 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 264 x 185 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 3/8 x 7 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7617

Portrait of the popular kabuki actor Iwai Hanshirō V (1776-1847) who specialized in onnagata, or female roles. Kanzashi hair pieces of tortise shell and one decorated with cherries. Purple silk cloth patch (murasaki bōshi) covers the pate, which was required by officials to be shaven. Frame with green bat motif. Poem at top is by Senzandō Iwao.