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Title

Onnagata Nakamura Noshio dancing in the role of a fox-girl

circa 1794


Artist

Katsukawa SHUNKÔ

Japan

1743 - 1812


About

In Japanese folklore, the fox is a cunning animal that can assume human form. Here he takes the form of a woman, his hand curled like a forepaw - a clue to the disguise. The small cap worn on the forehead was standard headgear for 'onnagata'. The scene is heavily autumnal, with maple leaves above and the actor carrying chrysanthemums. Shunkô was first among the pupils devoted to the theatre of leading 'ukiyo-e' artist Katsukawa Shunshô (1726-93), founder of the important Katsukawa school.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.248.


Details


Other Titles

Actor in the role of a woman (Nakamura Noshio I), A dancing kabuki actor

(Actor Nakamura Noshio dancing)


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1794


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock print


Dimensions

29.2 x 14.8 cm


Signature & date

Signed c.l. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Shunkô ga [picture by Shunkô]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1930


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4351


Artist information

Katsukawa SHUNKÔ

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 8. cat.no. 3.17

Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Men as Women', pg. 13-18, Parkes, 1998, 14 (colour illus.), 70. fig.no. 7

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. K17

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 248 (colour illus.).