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Title

Bando Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito of Hashimoto-ya

1852


Artist

Utagawa KUNIYOSHI

Japan

1797 - 1861


About

Here the kabuki actor Bando Shuka I plays the courtesan Shiraito in the Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo (Tokyo). The play was first performed in Edo’s Nakamura theatre in 1852. Bando Shuka I was renowned as an onnagata (female role specialist). In kabuki, all roles are usually played by men.

The scene gives a sense of what a pleasure house of the 1850s may have looked like, and the activities that took place. The man rolling up his sleeves is Suzuki Mondo, a samurai bankrupted by his obsession with Shiraito. The figure in the black hood near the centre may represent Suzuki Mondo’s wife, there to attack Shiraito.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1852


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, ōban diptych


Dimensions

35.3 x 49.2 cm :

a - right sheet; 35.1 x 24.5 cm; image

a - right sheet; 35.7 x 25.2 cm; sheet

b - left sheet; 35.3 x 24.7 cm; image

b - left sheet; 35.7 x 25.2 cm; sheet


Signature & date

Signed [right sheet; part a] l.l. [in cartouche], in Japanese, "Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi-ga [and artist's red seal]".
Signed [left sheet; part b] l.r. [in cartouche], in Japanese, "Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi-ga [and artist's red seal]".


Credit

Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2003


Accession number

328.2003.a-b


Artist information

Utagawa KUNIYOSHI

Works in the collection

23


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–2018