Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV and Sawamura Tosshô I in a Danmari Scene
about 1840 (Tenpô 11)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
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