About This Artwork

Torii Kiyomasu I
Japanese, active c. 1704–18 (?)

The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro dressed as a komuso in the play "Bando Ichi Kotobuki Soga," performed at the Nakamura Theater in the first month, 1715, 1715

Woodblock print; oban, sumizuri-e
11 5/16 x 16 3/4 in.

Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1936.290

The folds of the seated actor’s robe are suggested by characters meaning “role in disguise.”

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