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Onoe Kikugorō V as Masaoka from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Onoe Kikugorō V as Masaoka

from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1894

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

IHL Cat. #1395

About This Print

The actor Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903) as the nursemaid Masaoka 政岡 in the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi (Precious Incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai). The insert in the top right shows the actors Onoe Kiku [Onoe Iwagorō 尾上 岩五郎 ] as Masaoka's own son Senmatsu and Ichikawa Botan [Ichikawa Sadanji II] as the young lord Tsuriky, Masaoka's charge.

For profiles of Onoe Kikugorō V, Onoe Kiku and Ichikawa Botan please see the article The Kabuki Actor.

The Series "One Hundred Roles of Baikō"
Source: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 26, 27.

In 1893 Kunichika undertook a commission for two series of single-sheet portraits, each dedicated to the two most famous actors of their time, Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) and Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903).  The first of these, One hundred roles of Danjūrō, featured the major roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in a set of half-length portraits.  (See print IHL Cat. #s 663, 689 and 701.) The second, One hundred roles of Baikō, featured the major roles of Onoe Kikugorō V and included an insert on the top of the print depicting a supporting actor.  Both the series were commissioned by Fukuda Kumajirō and Gusokuya Kahei.These two series are regarded as ‘monuments to his [Kunichika’s] career’.

The name "Baikō" in the series title was the haiku pen name of Onoe Kikugorō V and Kunichika was on friendly terms with him, often drinking tea and chatting backstage. 

Print Details

IHL Catalog #1395
 Title (Description) [Onoe Kikugorō V <5>尾上 菊五郎 ] as Masaoka in the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi (Precious Incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai)
 Series One Hundred Roles of Baikō 梅幸百種之内 Baikō hyakushu no uchi
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
豊原国周筆 Toyohara Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal 年玉印 toshidama seal
 Publication Date
1894 明治廿七 月 日

Fukuda Kumajirō 福田熊次郎
seal: Ningyōchō Gusokuya, han 人形丁 具足屋 板
[Marks: pub. ref. 071; seal ref. 26-075]

Nisei Watanabe Hori Ei 二卋 渡辺彫栄
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall toning, full-size; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
print number 七十八 78 in the series
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 15/16 x 10 7/16 in. (37.9 x 26.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 5/8 x 9 3/16 in. (34.6 x 23.3 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 007-742, 403-0407, 406-0053; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5968-090