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Title

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

circa 1794

Artist

Katsukawa Katsukawa Shunkō

Japan

1743 – 1812

  • 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
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Katsukawa Katsukawa Shunkō

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications