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Sanjo Kantaro II in the Role of Urashima Taro

Sanjo Kantaro II in the Role of Urashima Taro

early 1700s
(Japanese, c. 1671–1743)
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.)
Location: not on view

Description

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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  • {{cite web|title=Sanjo Kantaro II in the Role of Urashima Taro|url=false|author=Kaigetsudō Ando|year=early 1700s|access-date=03 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1961.41