The Actor Sakata Hangoro II

Artist: Katsukawa Shunkō 勝川春好 (1743-1812)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1776
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 31.4 x 13.7 cm (12 3/8 x 5 3/8 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), fan, hosoban, Japan, kabuki, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, yakusha-e
Provenance research underway.

Portraits of actors in fan-shaped frames were popular from the late 1860s. They were published both as books and as single-sheet prints. Some of the prints were actually mounted on folding-fan frames. Here Shunko, a talented pupil of Shunsho, renders the heavy-set actor Sakata Hangoro II (1724-1782). Shunko's skill in composition is displayed in the pose and placement of the actor within the unusual format. The role shown here may be that of a sumo wrestler.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 15, pp. 82-83.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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