Jun 26, 2014

Ichikawa Ebizo IV as Takemura Sadanoshin

Ichikawa Ebizo IV as Takemura Sadanoshin


Tōshūsai Sharaku 東洲斎 写楽


Color woodblock print

Sheet: 36 x 23.6 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.205



In June 1794 at the Kawarazaki Theater, this Kabuki actor portrayed a father who commits suicide after being disgraced by his daughter who has had a child out of wedlock. The intense expression of the mouth and eyes demonstrates the conventional mie pose used by actors to show heightened emotion.

A member of the famous Ichikawa acting family, Ebizo IV is recognized here by his family crest--three nested boxes-- visible on his robes. The design recalls the three boxes of rice given to the actor as a gift by a fan. It was the Ichikawa family crest for over 300 years.

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Japanese Art
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