The actor Segawa Kikunojo II as the courtesan Hitachi in part two of the play Wada Sakamori Osame no Mitsugumi (Wada's Carousal: The Last Drink With a Set of Three Cups)
Edo period, 1771
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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 Segawa Kikunojo II as the courtesan Hitachi in part two of the play Wada Sakamori Osame no Mitsugumi (Wada's Carousal: The Last Drink With a Set of Three Cups)
Title Type: preferred
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Creation Start Date: 1771
Creation End Date: 1771
Creation Date: Edo period, 1771
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 31.7 x 14.3 cm
Inscriptions: A hand-written inscription in the top right-hand corner of the print identifies for us the actor and role: Segawa Kikunojo II as the courtesan Hitachi in a performance at the Ichimura Theater in the spring of Meiwa 8 (1771). ("The Actor's Image, 1994")
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2405
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Subject Description: Performed at the Ichimura Theater from the ninth day of the second month, 1771. Kikunojo II is depicted as a high-ranking courtesan making a formal progress in the Yoshiwara pleasure district, escorted in front by a maid or manservant carrying a large collapsible lantern and behind by a parasol bearer. Neither of these boorish types is actually shown in the print, however, so as not to distract from the beauty of the courtesan. On the lantern, which would normally carry the emblem of the house of pleasure to which the woman belonged, appears the personal acting crest (mon) of Kikunojo II-a tied bundle of floss silk (yuiwata). The lavish brocade over-kimono (uchikake) is decorated with chrysanthemums (kiku) in baskets-a pointed reference to Kikunojo II's name-and the obi bears a novel design of fish swimming among water weeds. ('The Actor's Image', 1994)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2405
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
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