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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Mongaku Shonin from the series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Mongaku Shonin

from the series One Hundred Roles

of Ichikawa Danjūrō

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1898


IHL Cat. #669

About This Print

The actor Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) as the priest Mongaku, in the play Hashi kuyō bonji no Mongaku (also called Mongaku). As in keeping with the rest of the series, extensive embossing is employed in the background and mica was also applied (although it has largely disappeared from this print - see detail below.)

For a profile of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX please see the article The Kabuki Actor and for a fascinating interview with the actor see Interview with Ichikawa Danjūrō IX.

The Series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō

Source: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 127 and 26.

"In 1893 Kunichika undertook a commission for two series of single-sheet portraits that were each dedicated to an individual actor.  The first of these, One hundred roles of Danjūrō, featured the major roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) in a set of half-length portraits.  A square cartouche in the upper register of each print contains a verse or illustration, and the series title cartouche is backed by peonies, a flower associated with Danjūrō IX."

“While his best-known pieces from this period are triptychs, Kunichika produced some outstanding series of single-sheet portraits, such as the One hundred roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX (Ichikawa Danjuro engei hyakuban) and One hundred roles of Baiko (Baiko hyakushu no uchi).   Like Kunisada’s set of ‘large-head’ portraits, Kunichika’s two series may be regarded as ‘monuments to his [Kunichika’s] career’.  Whilst Kunisada attempted an overview of all the greatest actors of the age, Kunichika’s two series focus on the Kabuki doyens, Ichikawa Danjuro IX and Onoe Kikugoro V.

The publisher Fukuda Kumajiro (together with Gusokuya Kahei) commissioned Kunichika to begin work on the One hundred roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX in 1893.  The series was completed posthumously in 1903, the year of the actor’s death and under the supervision of Fukuda Shojiro (d. 1925.)  The prints in the series were sumptuously printed using expensive materials and techniques.  Each image documents the actor’s most successful roles; a text or illustration appears in the upper register.”

detail of remaining mica highlights
(click on image to enlarge)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #669
 Title (Description)  Ichikawa Danjūrō 市川 団十郎 as Mongaku Shōnin 文覚上人
 Series  One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō 市川団十郎演芸百番
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Toyohara Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal  toshidama seal
 Publication Date  Feburary 1898 (as printed in left margin 明治卅一年二月 )
 Publisher
Fukuda Kumajirō & Hatsujirō, Gusokuya Kahei [Marks: publisher ref. 071 and 072]
 Carver
二卋 彫栄 Nisei Hori Ei
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - full size, unbacked, two 1" daimeter stains along right side of image; 1/8" diameter stain right margin; minor soiling and paper imperfections
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  the telephone number 294 "二九四" for the publisher is printed at the bottom of the left margin
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 5/8 x 9 7/8 in. (37.1 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 x 8 5/8 in. (33 x 21.9 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.79.152.571g; Honolulu Academy of Art 26530; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 007-1872 and 007-1826;  Kyoto University of Art and Design Ukiyo-e Collection 211
last revision:
11/15/2018
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