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Yakusha-e

Japanese woodblock prints of kabuki actorsCreated by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1877
Kudanme, Utagawa Kuniyasu, Forty Seven Rōnin
Yakusha-e (役者絵), or "actor prints", are Japanese woodblock prints of kabuki actors, popular through the Edo period (1603–1867) and into the beginnings of the 20th century.
Prints, especially earlier ones, depict actors generically, and plainly, showing in a sense their true natures as actors merely playing roles. Other prints, meanwhile, take something of the opposite: they show kabuki actors and scenes elaborately, intentionally blurring the distinction between a play and the actual events it seeks to evoke.
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Ogawa zengorō, ichikawa danjūrō, yamashita kinsaku, Kiyomasu Torii

Ogawa zengorō, ichikawa danjūrō, yamashita kinsaku, Kiyomasu Torii

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: Hosoban Urushie. Modern reproduction. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library o... More

Kiyomitsu Torii - Onoe kikugorō no sanjō kokaji munechika

Kiyomitsu Torii - Onoe kikugorō no sanjō kokaji munechika

Print shows Onoe Kikugorō, an actor, full-length portrait, standing, facing left. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: Hosoban Be... More

Kiyomitsu Torii - Nakamura matsue - Ukiyo e print

Kiyomitsu Torii - Nakamura matsue - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Nakmura Matsue in a female role. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Attributed to: Torii, Kiyomitsu. Format: part o... More

Ichimura uzaemon no osugi, Harunobu Suzuki, Woodblock Print, Japan

Ichimura uzaemon no osugi, Harunobu Suzuki, Woodblock Print, Japan

Print shows a young woman, Osugi, holding a tobacco pipe and tray of tobacco. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Benizuri... More

Sandaime segawa kikunojō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Sandaime segawa kikunojō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Segawa Kikunojō III, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in the role of a woman. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... More

Nidaime ichikawa monnosuke no soga no gorō, Shunsh Katsukawa

Nidaime ichikawa monnosuke no soga no gorō, Shunsh Katsukawa

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one panel of a set of Hosoban Nishikie. Same print as 2355. Forms part of: R. Leicester Harmsw... More

Yodaime ichikawa danzō - Public domain portrait print

Yodaime ichikawa danzō - Public domain portrait print

Print shows Ichikawa Danzō I, a kabuki actor, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, holding a sword over right shoulder, possibly in the role of a samurai or as Shoki the demon queller.

Sandaime sawamura sōjurō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Sandaime sawamura sōjurō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Sawamura Sōjurō III, full-length portrait, standing, facing right. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one p... More

Sandaime sawamura sōjūrō (no ōgishi kurando)

Sandaime sawamura sōjūrō (no ōgishi kurando)

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Adachi modern reprint (Showa). Purchase; H. Irving Olds; 1938. Forms p... More

Sandaime ōtani oniji shodai ichikawa omezō

Sandaime ōtani oniji shodai ichikawa omezō

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Adachi modern reprint (Showa). Purchase; H. Irving Olds; 1938. Forms p... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Bandō minosuke no rikiya

Utagawa Toyokuni - Bandō minosuke no rikiya

Print shows the actor Bandō Minosuke as the young samurai Rikiya from the Chushingura. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one pan... More

Arashi kichisaburō no sutewakamaru, Hokushū Shunkōsai

Arashi kichisaburō no sutewakamaru, Hokushū Shunkōsai

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie, Osaka-e print. Formerly attributed to: Katsukawa, Shunsen, 1762-ca. 18... More

Taibi, Utagawa Kuniyasu, Forty Seven Rōnin

Taibi, Utagawa Kuniyasu, Forty Seven Rōnin

Print shows three men outside a shed, one is carrying a large knife, another is carrying a lance and a lantern, and the third man appears unarmed. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken... More

Godaime iwayahanshirō no fujimusume to sandaime bandōmitsugorō no zatō

Godaime iwayahanshirō no fujimusume to sandaime bandōmitsugorō no zatō

Print shows the actor Iwai Hanshirō V in the role of a woman, Fuji Musume, speaking to a man, the actor Bandō Mitsugorō III as Zatō, sitting on the ground holding a stick. Title and other descriptive informatio... More

Kiyomitsu Torii - Kabuki jūhachiban - Ukiyo e print

Kiyomitsu Torii - Kabuki jūhachiban - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: Nishikie Surimono. One part of a full sheet (Obosho) print. Forms part of: Japanese prints a... More

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō no yosaburō - Ukiyo e print

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō no yosaburō - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one panel of a vertical Oban Nishikie triptych. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (L... More

Hachimantarō Yoshiie Abe Sadatō : Sadatō Tsuma Sodehagi.

Hachimantarō Yoshiie Abe Sadatō : Sadatō Tsuma Sodehagi.

Ukiyo-e triptych showing night scene lit by a lantern from a Kabuki play. Left section: Actor Hachiman Tarō Yoshiie, standing holding a parasol, with an unidentified actor dressed as a lion. Center section: Act... More

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō kaja yoshitaka - Ukiyo e print

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō kaja yoshitaka - Ukiyo e print

Full-length portrait of the actor Ichikawa Danj-ro VIII in a scene from the play Raigō ajari kaisoden. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06.... More

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Nagoya sanzaburō fuwa banzaemon katsuragi, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Nagoya sanzaburō fuwa banzaemon katsuragi, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Print shows the courtesan Katsuragi outside a sedan chair between two rival lovers and samurai, one is her husband Nagoya Sanza and the other is Fuwa Banzaemon. Triptych matted in 3 sections: left (422a), cente... More

Kurando Yukinaga Saitō go Kunitake onnagyōja : Osada no tarō Nagamune.

Kurando Yukinaga Saitō go Kunitake onnagyōja : Osada no tarō Nagamune.

Four actors (right to left): Kurḡoda Ukinaga, Saitogo Kunitake and Onna Gyōja, and Nagata no Tarō Nagamune. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 200... More

Shohei, Kiyomasu Torii - Public domain book illustration drawing

Shohei, Kiyomasu Torii - Public domain book illustration drawing

Full-length view of the actor Sanjō Kantaro playing a woman's part as a peddler of love letters. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Title... More

Kō no moronao [to] kaoyo - Public domain  drawing

Kō no moronao [to] kaoyo - Public domain drawing

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Tyuushingura meimeiden : Various biographies of the major characters from Chushingura... More

Seki sanjūrō sakata hangorō - Public domain  drawing

Seki sanjūrō sakata hangorō - Public domain drawing

Print shows two actors, Seki Sanjūrō and Sakata Hangurō, one with a large sword and the other carrying a large anchor over his shoulder. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored... More

Yondaime ichimura takenojō no hanauri - Ukiyo e print

Yondaime ichimura takenojō no hanauri - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Urushie. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Nakamura shikan segawaki kunojō nakamura karoku

Nakamura shikan segawaki kunojō nakamura karoku

Print shows the actors Nakamura Shikan, Segawa Kikunojō, and Nakamura Karoku as samurai, one disguised(?) as a woman. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print speciali... More

[Two old men, possibly actors, one standing, holding an umbrella, the other reclining]

[Two old men, possibly actors, one standing, holding an umbrella, the ...

Gift; Crosby Stuart Noyes; 1906. Forms part of: Crosby Stuart Noyes collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

[Caricature of a woman dancing] - Ukiyo e print

[Caricature of a woman dancing] - Ukiyo e print

Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Arashi hinaji no jōrurigozen - Public domain print

Arashi hinaji no jōrurigozen - Public domain print

Print shows actor Arashi Hinaji in an onnagata role as the princess Jōruri Gozen, standing on a veranda, holding a lantern. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print sp... More

Onoe matsusuke no raikō sitennō - Ukiyo e print

Onoe matsusuke no raikō sitennō - Ukiyo e print

Print shows Onoe Matsusuke, an actor, full-length portrait, standing, facing left. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: one of a ... More

Tachibanaya ōmiya, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Tachibanaya ōmiya, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Print shows two actors, full-length portrait, one as a warrior sitting, the other as a woman standing behind the warrior. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print spec... More

Shichidanme, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Shichidanme, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Print shows two men (possibly Yuranosuke and one of Moronô's spies) and a woman (possibly Okaru) at a brothel. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in ... More

Gokuin sen'emon to okuri no onna

Gokuin sen'emon to okuri no onna

Print shows two actors in a kabuki play, one as a woman with a paper lantern standing next to Gokuin Sen'emon, one of the five chivalrous men.

Utagawa Toyokuni - Sandaime ichikawa yaozō no yoshidaya kizaemon

Utagawa Toyokuni - Sandaime ichikawa yaozō no yoshidaya kizaemon

Print shows Ichikawa Yaozō III, a kabuki actor, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, holding a fan, portraying the role of Yoshida-ya Kizaemon. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichib... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Sandaime bandō hikosaburo no saemon suketsune

Utagawa Toyokuni - Sandaime bandō hikosaburo no saemon suketsune

Print shows Bandō Hikosaburo III, an actor portraying Saemon Suketsune who killed the father of the Soga brothers in 1193. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print spe... More

Yatsushi shikisanba - Public domain Japanese woodblock print

Yatsushi shikisanba - Public domain Japanese woodblock print

Print shows three actors in the roles of Senzai, Okina, and Sanbasō, on stage performing in the noh play Shikisanba (or shikisamba).

Jūdanme, Utagawa Kuniyasu, Forty Seven Rōnin

Jūdanme, Utagawa Kuniyasu, Forty Seven Rōnin

Print shows a masked man, one of the Rōnin, with a sword attacking Osono, the estranged wife of Gihei, in order to cut her hair to the customary length of a nun making it impossible for her father to marry her ... More

Nakamaru matsue no keisei miyako - Ukiyo e print

Nakamaru matsue no keisei miyako - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Nakamura Matsue in an onnagata role as the keisei (courtesan) Miyako, standing at a gate in the wall around a city, beating a small drum. Title and other descriptive information compiled b... More

Tabako wo suu yakusha - Public domain portrait drawing

Tabako wo suu yakusha - Public domain portrait drawing

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one panel of a vertical Oban Nishikie triptych. Actor print. Background by Kunihisa. Forms par... More

Wada yoshimori tomoe gozen yamabuki, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Wada yoshimori tomoe gozen yamabuki, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Triptych matted in 3 sections: left (423a), center (423b), right (423c). Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: vertical Oban Nishi... More

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain scan / drawing

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain scan / drawing

Print shows several actors in a battle scene with one warrior defending himself against several attackers during an assault on a fortress, with bridge in the background. Title and other descriptive information ... More

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain  drawing

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain drawing

Print shows several actors in a battle scene with one warrior defending himself against several attackers during an assault on a fortress, with bridge in the background. Title and other descriptive information ... More

Hachimantarō Yoshiie Abe Sadatō : Sadatō Tsuma Sodehagi.

Hachimantarō Yoshiie Abe Sadatō : Sadatō Tsuma Sodehagi.

Ukiyo-e triptych showing night scene lit by a lantern from a Kabuki play. Left section: Actor Hachiman Tarō Yoshiie, standing holding a parasol, with an unidentified actor dressed as a lion. Center section: Act... More

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō kaja yoshitaka - Ukiyo e print

Hachidaime ichikawa danjūrō kaja yoshitaka - Ukiyo e print

Full-length portrait of the actor Ichikawa Danj-ro VIII in a scene from the play Raigō ajari kaisoden. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06.... More

Soga no adauchi - Public domain city architecture drawing

Soga no adauchi - Public domain city architecture drawing

Print shows actors portraying the two Soga brothers and other warriors in a Soga kabuki play. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Diptych ... More

Yamauba to kaidōmaru, Utagawa Kunisada, Japan

Yamauba to kaidōmaru, Utagawa Kunisada, Japan

Print shows actors portraying the old woman of the mountain, Yamauba, and the wild boy, Kaidomaru. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Dip... More

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta Yoshihira.

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta...

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta Yoshihira.

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta...

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Dōguya jinza hōkaibō bōkon shimobe gunsuke, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Dōguya jinza hōkaibō bōkon shimobe gunsuke, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Print shows three actors, two with swords and one who appears to be an evil spirit. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Triptych matted in... More

Tamashima ittō tenjiku tokubei tsukimoto inabanosuke, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Tamashima ittō tenjiku tokubei tsukimoto inabanosuke, Kuniyoshi Utagaw...

Print shows three actors portraying the roles of Tamashima Itto, possibly from the popular play known as Benten Kozō, Tenjuku Tokubei, perhaps the adventurer/magician, and Tsukimoto Inabanosuke. Title and other... More

Sanjō Kokaji no manebigoto zu - Public domain  drawing

Sanjō Kokaji no manebigoto zu - Public domain drawing

Print shows three actors as warrior/metalworkers hammering a sword. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Triptych matted in 3 sections: lef... More

Mukashigatari kuwana matsuri no furugoto - Ukiyo e print

Mukashigatari kuwana matsuri no furugoto - Ukiyo e print

Print shows two men, probably actors, and a woman with a shoulder pole carrying two buckets.

Toyonobu Ishikawa - Onoe kikugorō [to] nakamura kiyosaburō

Toyonobu Ishikawa - Onoe kikugorō [to] nakamura kiyosaburō

Print shows actors Onoe Kikugorō and Nakamura Kiyosaburō, wearing geta, portraying street musicians. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. A... More

Kiyohiro Torii - Ichikawa danjūrō no sukeroku

Kiyohiro Torii - Ichikawa danjūrō no sukeroku

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Benizuri-e. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Nakamura matsue no kyōmachi no oman to sawamura tanosuke no tsunewakamaru

Nakamura matsue no kyōmachi no oman to sawamura tanosuke no tsunewakam...

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Fumi o kaku onoe tamizō, Shunsh Katsukawa

Fumi o kaku onoe tamizō, Shunsh Katsukawa

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one of a set of Hosoban Nishikie. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Nakamura tomijurō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Nakamura tomijurō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Nakamura Tomijurō portraying a woman performing a Noh dance. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one of a se... More

Godaime ichikawa danjūrō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Godaime ichikawa danjūrō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, with large hat and carrying a paper lantern. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo ... More

Nidaime sawamura yodogorō (no kawatsura hōgen to) bandō zenji (no oni sadobō)

Nidaime sawamura yodogorō (no kawatsura hōgen to) bandō zenji (no oni ...

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Adachi modern reprint (Showa). Purchase; H. Irving Olds; 1938. Forms p... More

Sandaime ichikawa yaozō - Public domain portrait print

Sandaime ichikawa yaozō - Public domain portrait print

Print shows the actor Ichikawa Yaozō III, bust portrait, facing left. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. ... More

Shigenoi kowakare, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Shigenoi kowakare, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Print showing a woman holding a tray of rice cakes?, standing over a man sitting on the floor next to a gameboard. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists... More

Shichidaime ichikawa danjūrō - Public domain portrait painting

Shichidaime ichikawa danjūrō - Public domain portrait painting

Print shows the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII, full-length portrait, standing, facing right.

Fujimusume no harukoma, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Fujimusume no harukoma, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Print shows an actor, possibly wearing a mask, in the role of a maiden with a hobby horse hand puppet. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-200... More

Nakamura shikan no hyakusho yasaku - Ukiyo e print

Nakamura shikan no hyakusho yasaku - Ukiyo e print

Print shows the actor Nakamura Shikan portraying Yasaku, a farmer holding a rifle outside farm buildings. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-... More

Hakata kojorō kezori kuemon komatsuya sōshichi, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Hakata kojorō kezori kuemon komatsuya sōshichi, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Print shows three actors portraying a woman and two men on board a ship; one of the men holds a large ax. Triptych matted in 3 sections: left (426a), center (426b), right (426c). Title and other descriptive inf... More

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain scenic drawing

Iga goe norikake kappa - Public domain scenic drawing

Print shows several actors in a battle scene with one warrior defending himself against several attackers during an assault on a fortress, with bridge in the background. Title and other descriptive information ... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Nakamura karoku ichikawa yaozō

Utagawa Toyokuni - Nakamura karoku ichikawa yaozō

Print shows two actors, Nakamura Karoku and Ichikawa Yaozo, one sitting on the back of a giant toad. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. D... More

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta Yoshihira.

Saitō go Kunitake Tada no kurando Yukitsuna : Naruto no mae : Akugenta...

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

[Portraits of actors, often playing roles]

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print (Ukiyo-e), free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sandaime sawamura sojūrō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Sandaime sawamura sojūrō, Shunk Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Sawamura sōjūrō no honda - Public domain portrait drawing

Sawamura sōjūrō no honda - Public domain portrait drawing

Print shows the actor Sawamura Sōjūrō, full-length portrait, standing, front view with head turned to the right, holding sword, in the role of Honda. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibun... More

Sawamura sōjūrō no honda - Public domain  drawing

Sawamura sōjūrō no honda - Public domain drawing

Print shows the actor Sawamura Sōjūrō, full-length portrait, standing, front view with head turned to the right, holding sword, in the role of Honda. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibun... More

Akugenta yoshihira, Utagawa Kunisada, Japan - Ukiyo e print

Akugenta yoshihira, Utagawa Kunisada, Japan - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one panel of a vertical Oban Nishikie triptych. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (L... More

Tamashima ittō tenjiku tokubei tsukimoto inabanosuke, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Tamashima ittō tenjiku tokubei tsukimoto inabanosuke, Kuniyoshi Utagaw...

Print shows three actors portraying the roles of Tamashima Itto, possibly from the popular play known as Benten Kozō, Tenjuku Tokubei, perhaps the adventurer/magician, and Tsukimoto Inabanosuke. Title and other... More

Taira no munemori mikazuki osen ebizako no jū

Taira no munemori mikazuki osen ebizako no jū

Print shows three actors in a line, the one in the middle is wearing oversized garments, which are being pulled to the right and left by the other two actors. Title and other descriptive information compiled by... More

Yondaime ichimura takenojō no hanauri - Ukiyo e print

Yondaime ichimura takenojō no hanauri - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Urushie. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).

Nakamura shikan segawaki kunojō nakamura karoku

Nakamura shikan segawaki kunojō nakamura karoku

Print shows the actors Nakamura Shikan, Segawa Kikunojō, and Nakamura Karoku as samurai, one disguised(?) as a woman. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print speciali... More

Sekiguchi yatarō yoshioka kanefusa miyamoto musashi

Sekiguchi yatarō yoshioka kanefusa miyamoto musashi

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie triptych. Attributed to: Enryosai Shigemitsu. Triptych matted in 3 sect... More

Chotto hitokuchi hauta no ateburi - Ukiyo e print

Chotto hitokuchi hauta no ateburi - Ukiyo e print

Print shows several actors in various costume, posture, and roles. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Triptych matted in 3 sections: left... More

Sawamura sōjūrō no soga no jūrō to ichimura takenojō no soga no gorō

Sawamura sōjūrō no soga no jūrō to ichimura takenojō no soga no gorō

Two actors, Sawamura Sojurō I (1689-1756) in a kneeling position and Ichimura Takenojō (standing), dancing with a tsuzumi. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print spe... More

Narutonomae; taira no munemori kyō; akugenta yoshihira

Narutonomae; taira no munemori kyō; akugenta yoshihira

Public domain photo of Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Nakamura nakazō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Nakamura nakazō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Nishikie. Adachi modern reprint (Showa). Purchase; H. Irving Olds; 1938. Forms part of... More

Onoe matsusuke no odamakihime to ōtani hiroji no okabe no ro

Onoe matsusuke no odamakihime to ōtani hiroji no okabe no ro

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Hosoban Benizuri-e. Forms part of: R. Leicester Harmsworth collection. Forms part of: Japanese... More

Iwai hanshirō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Iwai hanshirō, Shunsh Katsukawa - Ukiyo e print

Print shows Iwai Hanshirō, full-length portrait, standing beneath umbrella, facing left. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: one... More

Segawa Kikunojō. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Segawa Kikunojō. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Print shows the actor Segawa Kikunojō III, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in the role of a geisha. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists ... More

Komekitte o motsu nakamura nakazō, Shunk Katsukawa

Komekitte o motsu nakamura nakazō, Shunk Katsukawa

Print shows the actor Nakamura Nakazō, full-length, standing on the shore, facing slightly left, holding a rice coupon. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specia... More

Shodai arashi ryūzō (no  yakko ukiyo matabei to) sandaime ōtani hiroji (no yakko tosa no matabei)

Shodai arashi ryūzō (no yakko ukiyo matabei to) sandaime ōtani hiroji...

Print shows actors Arashi Ryuzo I and Otani Hiroji III. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Adachi modern ... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Ichikawa danzō dō danzaburō

Utagawa Toyokuni - Ichikawa danzō dō danzaburō

Print shows two actors, full-length portrait, one as a woman holding branches with blossoms. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: v... More

Sandanme, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Sandanme, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Print shows a woman (possibly Okaru), a little man (possibly Moronô's servant Bannai), and another man (possibly Honzo or Kampei). Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo p... More

Kira Yoshinaka - Shodan, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Kira Yoshinaka - Shodan, print by Utamaro Kitagawa, Forty Seven Rōnin

Print shows actors in the roles of Moronō (Kira Yoshinaka) propositioning Lady Kaoyo, Enya's wife, and Wakasanosuke (a noble offended by Moronō's behavior). Title and other descriptive information compiled by N... More

[Kyōgen play with two characters]

[Kyōgen play with two characters]

Drawing shows an actor on the left with short sword and holding a fan, on the right is an actor wearing a hat and standing on a bundle with his arms spread, as though about to fly. Signature or inscription in ... More

Iwai Hanshirō, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Iwai Hanshirō, Utagawa Toyokuni - Ukiyo e print

Print showing the actor Iwai Hanshirō, full-length, sitting on the floor, playing the role of a woman. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06.... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Bandō, Mitsugorō no Ukiyo Tōei

Utagawa Toyokuni - Bandō, Mitsugorō no Ukiyo Tōei

Print showing the actor Bandō, Mitsugorō, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in the role of Ukiyo Tōei. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists... More

Azumabashi o wataru ichikawa omezō to sawamura gennosuke

Azumabashi o wataru ichikawa omezō to sawamura gennosuke

Print shows the actors Ichikawa Omezo and Sawamura Gennosuke walking across the Azuma Bridge, with two porters nearby.

Utagawa Toyokuni - Odori [enbu?] no zu

Utagawa Toyokuni - Odori [enbu?] no zu

Print shows a design on a fan with several figures, male(?) and female, dancing. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: Uchiwae Nishi... More

Onoe kikugoro no ōboshi yuranosuke - Ukiyo e print

Onoe kikugoro no ōboshi yuranosuke - Ukiyo e print

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: one panel of a vertical Oban Nishikie triptych. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (L... More

Utagawa Toyokuni - Yuki mitate shūka kasugaya tokijirō

Utagawa Toyokuni - Yuki mitate shūka kasugaya tokijirō

Print shows Kasuga-ya Tokijirō, full-length portrait, standing in the snow, as a warrior. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the ser... More

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