Katsukawa Shunsho / The actor Arashi Hinaji I dancing 'Musume Dojo-ji' (The Maiden at Dojo Temple) / Edo period, Ca. 1772Katsukawa Shunsho
The actor Arashi Hinaji I dancing 'Musume Dojo-ji' (The Maiden at Dojo Temple)
Edo period, Ca. 1772

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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 Arashi Hinaji I dancing 'Musume Dojo-ji' (The Maiden at Dojo Temple)
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1772
Creation End Date: 1772
Creation Date: Edo period, Ca. 1772
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 31.5 x 14.3 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE Shunsho ga
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2390
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Rights: http://www.artic.edu/aic/rights/main.rights.html
Subject Description: Arashi Hinaji I as Musume Dojo-ji is shown holding the rope of the large bronze bell which hangs from the branch of a snow-covered pine. She has shrugged her over-kimono (uchikake) off her shoulders to reveal the triangular snake-scale pattern (uroko-gata) of the kimono, and her long hair hangs down in a wild ponytail that will whip through the air like a snake as she dances. The form of Shunsho's signature suggests that the print dates from the early 1770s, but no theatrical records survive describing Hinaji I in such a role during this period. The snow-laden pine suggests that on this occasion 'Dojo-ji' had been adapted to serve as a dance sequence (shosagoto) in the snow, such a sequence having become obligatory in opening-of-the-season (kaomise) productions, which began about the eleventh month each year and ran for about six weeks. (The Actor's Image, 1994)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2390
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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