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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Tōshūsai Sharaku, Japanese (active 1794 - 1795)
Actors Matsumoto Kōshirō 4th as Ninokuchi-mura Magoemon and Nakayama Tomisaburō as Umegawa from the play "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi - Yomo no Nishiki Kokyo no Tabiji" (Kiri-za)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi - Yomo no Nishiki Kokyo no Tabiji: Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ninokuchi-mura Magoemon), Nakayama Tomisaburō (Umegawa) [Kiri-za]
Work Type
Edo period, 1794 (8th month of Kansei 6)
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions

Ukiyo-e woodblock print in "ōban" format; ink, color and mica on paper, with printed signature reading "Tōshūsai Sharaku ga"
Paper: H. 38.4 cm x W. 25.2 cm (15 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: (printed) Tōshūsai Sharaku ga
  • inscription: Printed seals: Kiwame; Publisher's mark. Impressed seals: Hayashi Tadashi

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Narazaki Muneshige, Ukiyo-e shuka [Collection of the Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Prints in Museums] Volume 8: Foggu Bijutsukan [Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University], Neruson Bijutsukan [Nelson Atkins Museum]..., Shogaku-kan (Tokyo, Japan, 1980 [Showa 55]), Color Plate 011; pp. 28-29
  • ABIKO Rie and ASANO Shūgō, Sharaku and Other Hidden Japanese Masterworks from the Land of Nausicaa, exh. cat., Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum (Tokyo, Japan, 2009), p. 25, fig. 9
  • Sharaku, exh. cat., Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Shimbun, and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) (Tokyo, Japan, 2011), p. 162; cat. no. 122
  • Melinda Takeuchi, Birds of a Feather: Jakuchu, Natural Science and the Artistic Imagination, Orientations, Orientations Magazine Ltd. (Hong Kong, 2012), Vol. 43, No. 3, 52-61, p. 61, fig. 11
  • Edo jidai, IV, Ukiyo-e to Edo no bijutsu, Shogakukan Inc. (Tokyo, 2014), no. 67, pp. 242, 298

Exhibition History

  • Women and the Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/10/1994 - 03/05/1995
  • Masterworks of Ukiyo-e, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/20/1996 - 01/12/1997
  • Toshusai Sharaku - His Art and Age, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 05/01/2011 - 06/12/2011

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