Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV and Sawamura Tosshô I in a Danmari Scene

「だんまり」 四代目中村歌右衛門、初代沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
about 1840 (Tenpô 11)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Sanchôgake

Accession Number

2009.4991.18

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The three prints, 2009.4991.17 to 2009.4991.19, were probably cut from the same horizontal ôban sheet. They show theatrical scenes in the style of the painted billboards displayed outside the theaters.
A danmari is a pantomime scene with little or no dialogue, showing a nighttime struggle between colorfully costumed characters for the possession of some important object.

Signed

Unsigned

無款

Markings

No censor's seal
No publisher's mark

改印:なし
版元:なし

Credit Line

Source unidentified