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    The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro VIII and Segawa Kikunojo V

    Although Hiroshige was best known for his landscapes, he also designed some kabuki subjects, including this privately published surimono print. Surimono were created for the members of poetry clubs, who exchanged them with other clubs. Because they were printed in small runs and for a private sponsor, these prints were often made from very finely carved blocks, employing deluxe techniques such as embossing and materials such as metallic pigments. Two verses from the poetry club are included in the upper left corner of this composition.

    • Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
    • Medium: Woodblock print
    • Place Made: Japan
    • Dates: ca. 1835
    • Period: Edo Period
    • Dimensions: 8 8/16 x 7 3/8 in. (21.6 x 18.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signature: lower right, Hiroshige ga
    • Inscriptions: Poetry to be read.
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: X1051.7
    • Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Collection
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro VIII and Segawa Kikunojo V, ca. 1835. Woodblock print, 8 8/16 x 7 3/8 in. (21.6 x 18.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1051.7
    • Image: overall, X1051.7_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Surimono (privately published print featuring poetry). Standing Kabuki actors in front of a plum tree; male actor in reddish kimono with floral design and black tabi socks holds a black umbrella; the other next to him in black outfit with geometric design probably plays a courtesan. Two poems on the upper left. Condition: Colors in good state. All edges worn and frayed slightly. Paper has yellowed.
    • Record Completeness: Good (77%)
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    Recent Comments
    03:32 05/30/2011
    made up
    actors all
    pretty faces
    and splendor
    and a little bit of the earth
    and nature
    to add depth
    ideals of beauty and life
    and we are all gone one day…
    as in a stage performance

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