The actor Nakamura Sukegoro II as Kaminari Shokuro in the joruri 'Gonin Otoko' (Five Chivalrous Commoners), played as one act in Ayatsuri Kabuki Ogi (Mastery of the Fan in Kabuki)
Performed at the Nakamura Theater from the twentieth day of the seventh month, 1768
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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: The actor Nakamura Sukegoro II as Kaminari Shokuro in the joruri 'Gonin Otoko' (Five Chivalrous Commoners), played as one act in Ayatsuri Kabuki Ogi (Mastery of the Fan in Kabuki)
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Creation Start Date: 1768
Creation End Date: 1768
Creation Date: Performed at the Nakamura Theater from the twentieth day of the seventh month, 1768
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban, one sheet of a pentaptych; 31.0 x 14.0 cm
Inscriptions: UNSIGNEDARTIST'S SEAL: Hayashi in jar-shaped outline [white reserve]
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1939.683
Credit Line: Frederick W. Gookin Collection
Context: The Nakamura Theater program for the seventh month of 1768 consisted of a medley of famous plays about greathearted stalwarts, including the Gonin Otoko (depicted here), Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami (Mirror of Osaka in the Summer Festival; see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, No. 26, p.100), and Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy; cf. see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, No. 5, 59). Shunsho appears to have produced exciting designs for all of these dramas, but they survive, alas,only in fragmented form. Particularly striking was the design he produced for the Five Chivalrous Commoners, with each hero in a defiant attitude on one sheet of a five-sheet hosoban print. The present design, which comes from this set, shows Nakamura Sukegoro II as Kaminari Shokuro- a role identified by the crest of crossed drumsticks over a drumhead (as used by the Thunder God; kaminari means 'thunder') on the right shoulder of Sukegoro II's kimono. The actor's expression is appropriately resolute. He wears a plain brown kimono with a design of ink-painted bamboo on the skirt front. Probably the now mottled gray background was originally a solid pale blue; the lead white pigment mixed with indigo blue has tarnished.No complete set of all five sheets survives, but the design can be pieced together from three different groups: three sheets formerly in the Arthur Davison Ficke collection (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig. 27.1, p.104), four sheets in The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig. 27.2, p.104) , and three sheets formerly in the Walter Amstutz collection in Switzerland (see 'The Actor's Image' catalogue, fig. 27.3, p.105). The following order for the five-sheet print is suggested (right to left), giving each actor's name and role: Ichikawa Komazo II as Karigane Bunshichi; Nakamura Sukegoro II as Kaminari Shokuro; Ichikawa Yaozo II as An no Heibei; Matsumoto Koshiro III (the future Danjuro V) as Gokuin Sen'emo
AMICA ID: AIC_.1939.683
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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