Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Utagawa Toyokuni I
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Yamatoya, late 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868) or Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Yakusha butai no sugata-e (Pictures of Actors on Stage)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 325 x 230 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/4 x 9 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 334 x 242 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 1/8 x 9 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7629

Iwai Haushirō IV (1747-1800), a leading onnagata actor (male in a female role). Figure stands against a gray/black backrgound in the role of the nun Ikkyū disguised as Kusunoki's wife Kikusui. Play, "Matsu wa mosao onna kusunoki" performed at Kawaresaki Theatre from the 11th day of the first month, 1794.