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Ichikawa Ennosuke III as the boatwoman Oen

  • Description

    This play is an example of a ‘dance piece’, or shosagoto, one of the three main categories of kabuki play. The other types are jidaimono, which feature historical plots and characters; and sewamono, or ‘domestic plays’, which generally focus on commoners in a contemporary setting.

    Handsome boatmen ferrying passengers across the Sumida River in the capital city of Edo were popular idols of the Edo period (1600-1868). The only thing they feared was thunderstorms. This humorous dance shows a comical encounter between a drunken boatman (here a boatwoman) and the Thunder Spirit, carrying his drums and dressed in an animal skin loincloth.

  • Details

    Bust Portraits XI
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Ichikawa Ennosuke III (born 1939) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 38 x 23 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Philip Harris, 2010.
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