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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Kakoyo Akaemon in the play Nanatsumen from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Kakoyo Akaemon

in the play Nanatsumen  from the series

The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)

by Torii Kiyotada, 1895


IHL Cat. #723

About This Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX, in the lower left panel, playing the role of Kakoyo Akaemon1, the mask maker, in the kabuki play Nanatsumen 七ツ面.  Above him is the box containing the seventh mask holding a secret scroll. The Ichikawa family crest (mon) of nested squares is shown to the left of Danjūrō beneath which appears 九世市川団十郎 (9th Generation, Ichikawa Danjūrō) and the character played 賀古屋赤右衛門 (Kakoyo Akaemon).

1 The mask maker's name is also seen written as Kagose Akaemon and Gagoze Akaemon.


The Play Nanatsumen

Source: Naritaya website http://www.naritaya.jp/english/compendium/18_02.html and Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/nanatsu_men.php
Nanatsumen is about the Noh mask-maker Kagose Akaemon, in reality Awazu Rokurō Saemon, who removes various masks from their boxes, dancing their parts. He discovers a stolen scroll hidden in the mouth of the last mask (the seventh one), the mask of an evil character. He gives back the precious scroll to its legitimate owner, Yoshida no Shōshō.  In the play’s first performance, Danjūrō II used quick-change techniques to portray each of the masks.

The Kabuki Eighteen

Source: Kabuki Encyclopedia, An English-Language Adaption of Kabuki Jiten, Samuel L. Leiter, Greenwood Press, 1979, p. 152.
"The Kabuki Eighteen," a collection of plays established by I
chikawa Danjūrō VII, stresses the special aragoto acting art of the Danjūrō line.  In the Meiji period other acting families began to gather their most successful plays into similar collections.  See the Title Page from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Juhachiban) for a list of the plays.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #723
 Title or Description  Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Kakoyo Akaemon in the play Nanatsumen
 九世市川団十郎 賀古屋赤右衛門 七ツ面
 Series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban)
 歌舞伎十八番
 Artist  Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941)
 Signature
Tadakiyo hitsu 忠清筆 followed by Gwaraku seal

 Seal  Gwaraku seal (see above)
 Publication Date  November 8, 1895 (Meiji 28) 明治廿八年十一月八日
 Publisher  長谷川寿美 Hasegawa Sumi [Marks: seal 25-406 長谷川寿美; publisher ref. 102]
 Engraver
 彫工弥太 Horikō Yata
 Printer 摺工大亀 Surikō Ōkame (translation unconfirmed)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - not backed; soiling throughout; binding holes left margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  embossing throughout
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 1/2 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.53.9; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5721-C008-13; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0135 and 201-0156 and 201-0173 and 201-0187; National Gallery of Australia NGA 98.50.6; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon MWJ51:T105

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