Actor as Okina, frontispiece to Vol. 2 of the book Hokusai gafu (An Album of Pictures by Hokusai)

北斎画譜 中編 翁

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Dimensions

One page; 19 x 13.1 cm (7 1/2 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.53.255

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The first picture in each of the three volumes of the book shows one of the three actors (Okina, Senzai, and Sanbasô) in the Nô play Okina, also adapted for the kabuki stage under the title Sanbasô and performed as a good-luck dance at the beginning of the performance day.

Signed

(this picture unsigned)
無款

Provenance

1953, gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1953)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse