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Matsumoto Kōshirō IX as Matsuōmaru

  • Description

    The hugely popular kabuki play ‘Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy’ is based on the life of a ninth-century courtier and calligrapher who was falsely accused of treason and banished from the court.

    The character depicted here, Matsuōmaru, is one of a set of triplets, employed as a retainer to the villain of the play. Matsu means ‘pine’, and the pattern on Matsuōmaru’s kimono identifies him. See an earlier print in this exhibition depicting his brother Umeōmaru, by Kunisada [EA1983.44].

  • Details

    Bust Portraits XI
    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Tsuruya Kōkei (born 1946) (designer)
    Associated people
    Matsumoto Kōshirō IX (born 1942) (subject)
    Material and technique
    woodblock on ganpi paper
    print 38 x 22.9 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Presented by Philip Harris, 2011.
    Accession no.



  • kimono

    Kimonos, or 'the thing worn' in Japanese, had seasonal designs. The style of kimonos would change four times a year, and winter kimonos would be padded.

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