Nakamura Shikan as Kaminari Shôkurô

Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)

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中村芝翫 as Kaminari Shōkurō 雷庄九郎 from Set of Five Great Men (Gonin otoko soroi no yukata) 五人男揃浴衣

The most chivalrous, principled and honorable leaders among them became true folk heroes, and the tragedies and victories of their lives were dramatized on the kabuki stage. Called otokodate ("manly paragons"), they stood for opposing the strong and helping the weak, willing to sacrifice their lives in the cause of righteousness.

Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (Japanese, 1786-1864)
creation date
1861
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
14-1/4 x 9-3/4 in.
mark descriptions
Signature u.r.
series
A Yukata Set of Five Great Men (Gonin otoko soroi no yukata)
accession number
72.47.22
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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