The Actor Nakamura Takesaburo Playing a Woman’s Role

Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1720
Hand-coloring; ink and color on paper
H x W: 32 x 15.6 cm (12 5/8 x 6 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

actor, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, theater, ukiyo-e, yakusha-e
Provenance research underway.

In this print Nakamura Takesaburo is identified by the inscription to his right. A popular actor of women's roles (onnagata), Takesburo here wears a costume decorated with large cherry blossoms and holds a cloth in his mouth in an expression of intense emotion. Across his forehead he wears the purple cloth that was at times attached to the wig to enhance the charm of the onnagata's appearance. The actor's distinctive crest marks the right shoulder of his kimono.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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