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Creator Name: Katsukawa, Shunsho
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; 1726-1792 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Katsukawa Shunsho
Title: One of four pages from the illustrated book
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1771
Creation End Date: 1772
Creation Date: c. 1771/72
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: 17.0 x 27.2 cm
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1938.525
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Context: This scene, set before the bamboo-pole enclosure of a playing ground for court football (kemari), is based loosely on the events of 'New Herbs: Part One' (Wakana no Jo), chapter 34 of the Tale of Genji. Yamashita Kinsaku II (right) plays the part of Mutsuhana, a daughter of Regent Michinaga. Mutsuhana serves as lady-in-waiting to the Third Princess (Nyosan no Miya) and as go-between in the love affair between the Third Princess and the young courtier Kashiwagi no Emon (played by Bando Mitsugoro I, standing center). Here she is holding a branch of maple from which is hanging one of the deerskin footballs used in the game of kemari. At Kashiwagi's feet kneels the muscular manservant Akamatsu Mushanosuke (played by Nakamura Sukegoro II in allover red body makeup).Kabuki Nempyo relates that Ichikawa Danjuro V as Mumezu no Kamon made his entrance together with Kinsaku II and Sukegoro II via a trapdoor in the stage. He demanded that Kashiwagi give up the Third Princess to him and hit Kashiwagi on the head with a kemari boot when the latter refused, in a parody of the famous dispute over a woman between Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza (see The Actor's Image' catalogue, No. 30, 110).
AMICA ID: AIC_.1938.525
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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