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Nakamura Ganjirō III as Kamiya Jihei

  • Description

    ‘Love Suicides at Amijima’ is one of the most famous ‘domestic plays’ (sewamono) of the kabuki theatre. One of the three main categories of kabuki play, sewamono portray in relatively realistic fashion the life of the ordinary people of the Edo period (1600-1868).

    This print depicts the protagonist of play, the paper merchant Jihei. Although Jihei has a devoted wife and children, he falls in love with Koharu, a courtesan from the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters. In this scene Jihei sits at home pretending to sleep, but his eyes are full of tears thinking about his lover.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits XI
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Nakamura Ganjirō III (born 1931) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on Tosa ganpi paper
    print 37.3 x 22.2 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2011.
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  • Yoshiwara

    The Yoshiwara was the licensed pleasure district in Edo (Tokyo), where courtesans resided.

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