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Ōhara Takematsu

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864) Yokogawa Takejir?, Engraver (Japanese)


大原武松

This print depicts a scene from the kabuki play Kinpeibai Soga no tamamono 金瓶梅曽我賜, which opened in the 7th month of 1860 at the Ichimura-za, with Nakamura Fukusuke 中村福助 in the starring role. Takematsu (Wu Song in Chinese) is a hero in the Shuǐ hǔ zhuàn (Suikoden in Japanese). Possessing amazing physical strength, he killed a man-eating tiger with his bare hands. Here he is portrayed as a samurai, with a shaved pate and two swords.

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

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
engraver
Yokogawa Takejir? (Japanese)
period
Edo
creation date
1860, 1st month
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
14 1/16 x 9 7/8 in. (image)
sheet trimmed all around
mark descriptions
Signed by artist: Toyokuni ga
Publisher's mark: Ebisu-ya Shoshichi
Engraver's mark: Yokogawa Horitake
Censor's seal: Kanoe-saru shōgatsu (Metal-monkey, 1st month)
accession number
72.47.280
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors