Jun 25, 2014

Segawa Kikunojō III as Teruha

Segawa Kikunojō III as Teruha



Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川 春章

(Japanese, 1726–1792)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 32.4 x 14.6 cm (12 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

Sundry Purchase Fund 1920.157



Men perform all the roles in Kabuki, a form of Japanese theater. Some actors specialize in onnagata (女形), or female roles. Segawa Kikunojō III was one of the most famous onnagata actors of his day. Here, he plays a character called Teruha in what was once the center print of a triptych (a composition of three prints). Teruha is officiating a wrestling match that also involves red and white roosters.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Sundry Purchase Fund

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