Portrait of the Actor Onoe Tamizo II as Oshichi

Artist: Shunshi (fl. ca. 1820s)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1820s
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 37.7 x 26.1 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

actor, Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kabuki, oban, poems, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, yakusha-e
Provenance research underway.

Onoe Tamizo II (1799-1886) appears in the role of Oshichi, a character based on one in Five Women who Loved Love (Koshoku gonin onna) by Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693). Oshichi was a fifteen-year-old girl who met her lover when she and her family fled from their home during one of Edo's many fires. She set another fire in the misguided belief that it would bring them back together, an act for which she was executed. The poem on autumnal themes is signed with the actor's poetry name, Shocho. It reads:

 As autumn progresses,
 it leaves untrampled
 blossoms of wild asters.

Translation of poem by John T. Carpenter

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 66, pp. 184-185.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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