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Creator Name: Ippitsusai Buncho
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; fl. c.1755-1790 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Ippitsusai Buncho
Title: The actor Sakata Sajuro I as a samurai's manservant (yakko)
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1768
Creation End Date: 1770
Creation Date: c. 1768/70
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban, left sheet of a diptych; 31.2 x 13.9 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE: Ippitsusai Buncho gaARTIST'S SEAL: Mori uji
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1928.999
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Context: Sakata Sajuro I, in the role of a samurai's manservant, stands in a heavy night rain, brandishing the long sword with which he has just sliced right through the paper lantern hanging from the pine tree behind him. His striped kimono has been shrugged offhis shoulders, and a scarf is tied around his head. This is the left sheet of a diptych, whose right sheet shows Otani Hiroji III also dressed as a yakko and in a similarly powerful pose, holding an upturned sedge hat in one hand and clasping the trunk of a pine tree with the other arm (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig. 4.1, p.57).Sajuro I's 'alternative' crest (kaemon) was three squares topped by a line, visible here on his left sleeve. He appeared together with Otani Hiroji lII many times betweenI768 and his death on the third day of the fifth month, I770. Presently published Kabuki records do not mention either actor in such a scene in the rain at night. Identification of the play must await further evidence.It is sometimes said that Buncho excelled at depicting actors in delicate female roles, in contrast to his rival Shunsho, who was superior in portraying actors in male roles. This diptych certainly demonstrates Buncho's ability to create convincing images of muscular masculinity.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1928.999
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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