Detail View

Actor Portraying Sukeroku
Date: 1848
Culture: Japanese
Dimensions: image: 9 1/4 x 6 3/8 in. (23.5 x 16.2 cm) sheet: 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (26 x 19.4 cm) mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Medium: woodblock print
Credit Line: Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund
Label Text: Hirosada Konishi was the most prolific Osaka-based ukiyo-e designer of the mid 19th century, known for his simple, sophisticated style. By 1852, he had designed about 800 single-sheet prints. That region is known for okubi-e (large head portraits) of Osaka kabuki actors. He studied under Kunisada Utagawa, whose work is also included in this exhibition. The character depicted is the samurai Sukeroku, title character in a popular kabuki play. He is identified on stage and in prints by specific accessories, including a distinctive purple headband.
Object Number: 2008.21
Currently on view