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Ichikawa Danjūrō XII as Nangō Rikimaru

  • Description

    Like most kabuki actors, Ichikawa Danjūrō XII (born 1946) was born into an acting family going back many generations. Kabuki actors begin training in classical dance, music and acting as young children, and may continue performing until their seventies or eighties.

    Each kabuki family has a number of special ‘stage names’ (myōseki): as actors advance in their careers, they successively change their names to use the more 'senior' stage names in a process known as shūmei. Ichikawa Danjūrō is one of the most revered myōseki of all. Ichikawa Danjūrō XII changed his stage name three times before assuming this particularly revered title in 1985.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits X
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Ichikawa Danjūrō XII (born 1946) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    39.5 x 25.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2010.
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