untitled; given title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare shita no shirabyōshi)
untitled; given title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare shita no shirabyōshi)
untitled; given title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare shita no shirabyōshi)
untitled; given title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare shita no shirabyōshi)

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Untitled; Given Title: Shirabyōshi Beneath Sudare (Sudare Shita No Shirabyōshi)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


簾下の白拍子

Shirabyōshi were female performers who dressed as male courtiers with tall hats and swords. They first appeared in the 1100s, performing sacred dances to slow and rhythmic music for nobles and samurai. They were required to be educated as well as talented poets, musicians, and singers; one can easily imagine, as entertainers, good looks were a plus.

Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1840
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
28-1/2 x 9-3/4 in. (image & sheet trimmed)
mark descriptions
Artist's signature reads: Chōōrō Kuniyoshi ga
Publisher's mark: Kansendō (Izumi-ya Ichibei; nickname Sen-Ichi)
accession number
31.272
credit line
Purchased form the D. P. Erwin Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors