Actor Nakamura Tomijûrô I as a Female Narihira, from a Dance of Seven Changes
1778 (An'ei 7), 9th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunkô (Japanese, 1743–1812)
Hosoban; 31.7 x 13.9 cm (12 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One sheet of incomplete polyptych.
MFA impressions: 11.18320, 21.6105
Play (Dance of Seven Changes): Kurikaesu Shichiyô Kagami
Nakamura Tomijûrô I in a farewell performance before his return to Kamigata. The seven roles were: (1) Court lady (Kanjo); (2) Hobbyhorse dance (Harukoma); (3) Maiden (Musume), with announcement of his departure; (4) Iris dance of the female Narihira; (5) Doll festival doll playing a drum; (6) Old man of the mountains (Yamagatsu); and (7) Lion dance (Shakkyô).
Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection