Bandō Jusaburo III as Mizuhiki Seigorō in 'Fight of Megumi' (Bandō Jusaburo III Mizuhiki Seigorō)
1886 - 1960
The actor Bandō Jusaburo III (1886-1954) was born in Osaka and began his kabuki career when he was just five years old. He is shown in this image in the role of sumo wrestler Mizuhiki Seigorō in the kabuki play ‘Fight of Megumi (Megumi no kenka)’. First performed in the early 1880s, the play was based on an 1805 altercation in Tokyo between sumo wrestlers and firefighters in which one man was killed. The artist Natori Shunsen (1886-1960) is well known for his expressive representations of the kabuki actors he admired during the 1920s and 30s.
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
woodblock print, embossing; ink and colour on paper
37.8 x 26.0 cm image; 40.2 x 27.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed u.r., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Shunsen ga [picture by Shunsen]" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Heroes and Villains, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 May 2001–19 Aug 2001
Referenced in 1 publication
AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 8. cat.no. 3.14