Jul 7, 2014

Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Gorō

Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Gorō



Katsukawa Shunkō 勝川 春好

(Japanese, 1743-1812)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 30.6 x 14 cm (12 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1920.518



Some Kabuki plays centered on the legend of the Soga brothers, Gorō and Jurō, who avenge their father’s murder before coming to their own demise. The setting is near Mount Fuji, part of which appears in the background. The print is likely from a diptych (a composition of two prints). The other print would have shown the rest of the mountain and Gorō’s retainer (a person retained by another to act in a military capacity), Asahina Saburō, tugging at the same pine bough as Gorō—a twist on scenes in which Saburō pulled Gorō’s armor to try to prevent him from protecting his brother.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift from J. H. Wade

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