The Actor Matsumoto Koshiro V as Takechi Mitsuhide

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (1786-1865)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1823
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 37.3 x 24.7 cm (14 11/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
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Woodblock print

actor, Anne van Biema collection, battledore, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

Kunisada's portrait of Matsumoto Koshiro V is composed as if it were a cloth picture, a kind of collage applied to a battledore (a wooden paddle used to play a badminton-like game). Such decorated battledores were sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines at the New Year. This print commemorates Koshiro's 1817 performance as the warrior Takechi Mitsuhide in a period play loosely based on events of the late sixteenth century, when several powerful warriors vied for control of Japan. Published in 1823, it is one of a series of portraits in this format.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 37, pp. 126-127.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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