Actor Sawamura Tanosuke as Itchōme tetsubōhiki

Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835-1888)

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The actor Sawamura Tanosuke holds an iron staff with rings that was used to sound an alarm in times of emergency. This may be a visual metaphor since to "sound the iron staff" also refers to an alarmist person who worsens a conflict, like throwing oil on a fire-in short, a rabble-rouser.

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

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniaki II (Japanese, 1835-1888)
period
Edo
creation date
1862, 4th month
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
14-3/16 x 9-5/8 in. (image)
mark descriptions
Signed by artist: Kuniaki ga in a toshidama cartoche
Publisher's mark: Kinseidō (Sano-ya Tomigorō)
Date seal: Dog 4 (1862, 4th month)
accession number
72.47.130
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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