Jul 29, 2014

Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Urabe no Suetake

Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Urabe no Suetake

二代目市川門之助の卜部季末武

1781

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Katsukawa Shunzan 勝川 春山

(Japanese, active c. 1782–98)

One of a triptych of color woodblock prints

Sheet: 31 x 14.5 cm (12 3/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.314.a

Location

Description

This print is part of a triptych (a composition of three prints) that shows actors portraying three of the four famed protectors of imperial regent Minamoto Yorimitsu (948?–1021). Collectively, they are known as his Shitennō (四天王), or “Four Heavenly Kings,” after the Buddhist deities who guard the four cardinal directions. The characters are indicated by the large house crests on their robes.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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