Jul 29, 2014

Nakamura Nakazo I as Watanabe no Tsuna

Nakamura Nakazo I as Watanabe no Tsuna



Part of a set. See all set records

Katsukawa Shunzan 勝川 春山

(Japanese, active c. 1782–98)

One of a triptych of color woodblock prints

Sheet: 31 x 14.4 cm (12 3/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.314.c



This print is part of a triptych (a composition of three prints) that shows actors portraying three of the four famed protectors of imperial regent Minamoto Yorimitsu (948?–1021). Collectively, they are known as his Shitennō (四天王), or “Four Heavenly Kings,” after the Buddhist deities who guard the four cardinal directions. The characters are indicated by the large house crests on their robes.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift from J. H. Wade

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