Actor Ikushima Shingorô, from an untitled series of Theater Pictures (Shibai-e)
about 1711 (Hôei 8/Shôtoku 1)
Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 1820 and no. 2303; Shibui, "Masanobu no sumi-e," Ukiyo-e no kenkyû VI.3 (March 1929), #D-11 (left half)
Left half of horizontal ôban sheet; 26.8 x 15 cm (10 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Ten sheets from the set of twelve: 11.13361 to 11.13369 and 21.5731, plus an additional half sheet, 21.7199. The plays that can be identified were performed between 1709 and 1710, and so the series may have been made for New Year of 1711.
September 1911, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from the E. F. Fenollosa collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection