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Title

Actor Sawamurra Tanosuke III as the nun Seigen

1863

Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Actor Sawamura Tanosuke in the role of Seigen Ama
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1863
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    37.5 x 25.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed: Nanajû hassai Toyokuni hitsu [painted by 78 year old Toyokuni]

    Credit
    Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2009
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    250.2009
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

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  • About

    Print designers often reprised popular designs in order to keep up with demand. It is estimated that Kunisada’s studio produced 15 000 designs comprising 25 000 individual sheets, making him a staggeringly prolific designer. This print, depicting the actor Sawamura Tanosuke III (1845–78) in the role of the nun Seigen, is a reworking of an earlier design from 1852. It can be surmised from other published prints depicting Sawamura Tanosuke III in the same role that the play referred to here is 'Shirokurenai sakura no goshozome', which was performed at the Nakamura theatre in Edo in the third month of 1863. As is typical of other representations, the nun Seigen is portrayed with a tattered black outer robe and a straw hat.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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