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Nakamura Tokizō V as the kept mistress Otomi

  • Description

    Nakamura Tokizō V (born 1955) is a well known onnagata, specializing in female roles. In traditional kabuki, all of the roles are played by men, who are trained to create a larger-than-life femininity by emphasizing and stylizing feminine movements and gestures. Here the actor plays Otomi, the mistress of a gang leader who falls in love with the son of a wealthy merchant. As with most portraits of onnagata, the actor's masculinity is obvious despite his feminine costume and wig.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits VIII
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Nakamura Tokizō V (born 1955) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 38.7 x 24.9 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2011.
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