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[Nakamura Fukusuke as Chūrō Onoe]

Artist: Kunichika Toyohara Primary
Artist: Hori Kane Block cutter
Artist: 横 山 三 菊 市 板 (aka Yokoyama) Publisher
Date: 1865
19th century
Dimensions: 14 3/16 x 10 1/16 in. (360 x 255 mm)
Dimensions Extent: sheet
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan, Kanto
Medium and Support: Woodblock print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2023.
Accession Number: 2023.05.21
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This print depicts the actor Nakamura Fukusuke in the role of Chūrō Onoe, performing in the play "Momochidori Sakigake Soga" at the Morita Theatre in Edo (Tokyo) on January 15, 1865.

Plays about the Soga brothers were customarily performed during the first month of the year as new year's productions. Soga Sukenari and Soga Tokimune were samurai from the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), who are most famous for their assassination of Kudō Suketsune, the killer of their biological father. The incident included a failed assassination attempt on the shogun, and resulted in many deaths and injuries of unrelated participants. The incident became known as the "Revenge of the Soga Brothers" and became popularized in both noh and kabuki plays known as Sogamono.


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Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use the simple term "prints." With regard to photographs, prefer "photographic prints"; for types of reproductions of technical drawings and documents, see terms found under "reprographic copies."
color woodcuts
Woodcuts that incorporate color, usually through combining a series of blocks in precise registration that have been inked with individual hues and pressed onto one support.
Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.
Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Late Edo
Refers to the phase of the Edo period that developed from approximately 1789 to 1868. The style is characterized by the rise of the Ukiyo-e school of printing.
Refers to the period and style that developed from the unification of Japan in 1600 until the end of the shogunal dynasty in 1868. During this period, economic expansion encouraged the rise of an educated merchant class who created their own forms of literature and theater as well as new schools of painting and woodblock printing. A wide diversity of pictorial subjects and styles developed during this period and many 19th century Western artists were influenced by them.
Persons who use movement, gesture, facial expressions, speaking, and intonation to create a fictional character for the stage, motion pictures, or television.
Genre of performing arts concerning theatrical or dramatic entertainment, often reserved for works intended for stage presentations.
kabuki theater
Kabuki (original, 歌 舞 伎, or "か ぶ き") is a classical form of Japanese theatre, mixing dramatic performance with traditional dance. Kabuki theatre is known for its heavily stylised performances, its glamorous, highly decorated costumes, and for the elaborate kumadori make-up worn by some of its performers.

In 2005, kabuki theatre was proclaimed by UNESCO as an intangible heritage possessing outstanding universal value.

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