Sanjo Kantaro II in the Role of Urashima Taro

Sanjo Kantaro II in the Role of Urashima Taro

early 1700s

Kaigetsudō Ando 懐月堂 安度

(Japanese, c. 1671–1743)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper

Painting only: 105.7 x 59.4 cm (41 5/8 x 23 3/8 in.); Including mounting: 189.2 x 64.7 cm (74 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund and various donors, by exchange 1961.41



Sanjo Kantaro II was a Kabuki actor who specialized in playing youths (wakashu) and female roles (onnagata). He is shown here in the role of Urashima Taro. He rescues a tortoise, and as a reward, the tortoise carries him to the undersea palace of the Dragon King. He believes he has spent but three days there with the Dragon King's daughter; however, when he returns to the shore, he finds 300 years have passed. The actor holds a fishing pole, indicating his occupation as a fisherman. The upper portion of the painting contains a 31-syllable waka poem.

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