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Nakamura Shibajaku in the role of Courtesan Shiratama

Gorō in the role of Kyūzaemon
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Nakamura Shibajaku

in the role of the Courtesan Shiratama

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

The Character Kamata Tetsuysa in The Gold Demon


IHL Cat. #2177

About This Print

One of 30 prints (including 2 cover prints and 1 frontispiece) designed by Natori Shunsen that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao, whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. Included in the first issue of the magazine, it pictures the actor Nakamura Shibajaku IV 中村芝雀 as the courtesan Shiratama 白玉. likely in the play Sukeroku.

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

For more information on the actor Nakamura Shibajaku IV see the article The Kabuki Actor

Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonné Entry

芝雀の白玉 [Shibajaku as Shiratama]
Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori
(The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), 
Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum
Kushigata, Japan; 1991, p.92, pl. 169.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2177
 Title (Description)
 芝雀の白玉  Shibajaku in the role of courtesan Shiratama
 Magazine Shin Nigao (New Portraits) 
 Catalogue Raisonné Number 169
 Artist 
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal not sealed
 Date 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall toning
 Miscellaneous

 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (18.4 x 12.4 cm)
 H x W Image 6 3/8 x 4 3/16 in. (16.2 x 10.6 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference LiteratureCatalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori (The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum, Kushigata, Japan, 1991, p.96.
last revision:
10/17/2019 created
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