The Kabuki actors Ichikawa Yaozö II and the Onnagata Nakamura Matsue I

The Kabuki actors Ichikawa Yaozö II and the Onnagata Nakamura Matsue I

Object Title:

The Kabuki actors Ichikawa Yaozö II and the Onnagata Nakamura Matsue I

Date:

c. 1771

Artist:

Ippitsusai Bunchö

Active:

c. 1770s

Publisher:

Morishi

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1957 (14171)

Object Number:

14171

Other Title:

Kanji : 市川八百蔵・・中村松江・

Description:

Ichikawa Yaozö (II), identified by his mon (family crest) and Nakamura Matsue (I) are depicted in front of a byöbu (screen) and some mosquito netting. The scene suggests that it is summer, but beyond this there is little to guide the art historian in identification. This print may be connected to a Nakamura-za production of the eleventh month of Meiwa 8 (1771), because these actors performed together at this time. (from Daring Moves Exhibition, 8/1/06-)