The actors Nakamura Nakazo I as Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo, and Ichikawa Danjuro V as Kazusa no Gorobei Tadamitsu, in the play Kitekaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka (Returning Home in Splendor)
Edo period, 1780
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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 actors Nakamura Nakazo I as Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo, and Ichikawa Danjuro V as Kazusa no Gorobei Tadamitsu, in the play Kitekaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka (Returning Home in Splendor)
Title Type: preferred
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Creation Start Date: 1780
Creation End Date: 1780
Creation Date: Edo period, 1780
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Chuban; 26.4 x 19.0 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE Shunsho ga
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2361
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Subject Description: The actors Nakamura Nakazo I as Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo disguised as a pilgrim (left), and Ichikawa Danjuro V as Kazusa no Gorobei Tadamitsu (right), in the 'Silent Encounter' scene (dammari) from the end of part one of the play Kitekaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka (Returning Home in Splendor), performed at the Nakamura Theater from the first day of the eleventh month, 1780 "Silent encounter" scenes (dammari), such as depicted here, were a recent innovation in Kabuki at the time, strongly associated with possibly even invented by-Nakazo I. They generally took place in some lonely mountain shrine at night (the red railing here marks the entrance to the Mishima Myojin Shrine), with the actors engaging in a slow, stylized struggle for possession of some precious object.Nakazo I is wearing the disguise of a pilgrim who visits the sixty-six holy sites associated with the Lotus Sutra: gray robes, white leggings and arm covers, a portable shrine on his back, and carrying a staff with jingles (shakujo) and a brass gong, which the pilgrims struck to gain merit. Danjuro V copied his costume from that of the old shrine attendant in the No play (and painting subject) Aridoshi: a "snake's eye" umbrella, high wooden clogs (geta), and a bronze lantern. Both thus had ample "weapons" to deploy in the silent fight scene.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2361
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
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