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Taminosuke in the role of Otsuma

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Taminosuke in the role of Otsuma

(in the play Sakuratsuba Urami no Samezaya)

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

 

IHL Cat. #469

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 This print appeared in issue #5, the last issue of the magazine.  Pictured is Onoe Taminosuke (later to take the name Onoe Tamizō III in February 1918) portraying Otsuma, the tragic woman lover figure, in the play Sakuratsuba Urami no Samezaya (commonly called Unagidani or Otsuma Hachirobei).

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.

The Actor in the Print - Onoe Taminosuke (1870-1934)

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/tamizo3.php

Stage names: Onoe Tamizō III; Onoe Taminosuke; Bandō Tsurunosuke

Real name: Yoshikawa Tsurunosuke

Onoe Taminosuke III was a popular actor in Kamigata, able to play both tachiyaku and onnagata roles. His forte were budōgoto and jitsugotoshi roles in jidaimono dramas.











The Play Sakuratusba Urami no Samezaya

Source: Kabuki Encyclopedia, An English-Language Adaption of Kabuki Jiten, Samuel L. Leiter, Greenwood Press, 1979, p. 323.

Hachirobei, a dealer in secondhand goods, is having trouble raising the money that he needs to help his master's daughter.  His wife, Otsuma, who knows of his difficulties, devises a plan with her mother by which Otsuma gives herself to the evil Yohee to raise the money.  Against her wishes she must castigate Hachirobei, whom she really loves.  Taking her remarks for the truth, Hachirobei kills both Otsuma and her mother.  Later, when he learns the true facts, he commits ritual suicide.

Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonné Entry

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.96, pl. 191.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #469
 Title (Description)
 多見之助のお妻 Taminosuke no Otsuma (as shown in the catalog raisonee)
(T
he actor Onoe Taminosuke in the role of Ostuma)

 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 191
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature
 Shunsen
 Seal  artist's flower pattern seal
 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  excellent
 Miscellaneous
entry in table of contents for Issue #5 of Shin Nigao
歌舞伎座 Kabuki-za
十月狂言 October Kyōgen
櫻鍔恨鮫鞘 Sakuratsuba Urami Samezaya
多見之助 (お妻) Taminosuke (Otsuma)
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 x 4 5/8 in. (17.8 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature 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.96.
last revision:
11/18/2018
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