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The character Kumagai Jirō Naozane at Fujieda

  • Description

    The ‘Chronicle of the Battle of Ichi no Tani’ is about the tragic fight between the warrior Kumagai Jirō Naozane and the young samurai Taira Atsumori. Kumagai reluctantly slays his young enemy in battle. It is later revealed that he has killed his own son. The role of Kumagai is considered one of the greatest roles in the kabuki theatre.

    Here the actor crosses his eyes in an intense pose known as a ‘mie’, struck at a climactic emotional moments in a kabuki play. The excitement of the moment is always heightened by the accompanying sound of wooden clappers.

  • Details

    Chronicle of the Battle of Ichi no Tani
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    AsiaJapanHonshūTōkaidō road Fujieda (subject)
    Utagawa Kunisada (1823-1880) (designer)
    Hori Mino (1833 - 1906) (block cutter)
    Associated people
    attributed to Tsujioka Bunsuke (active c. 1814 - 1896) (publisher)
    Hama Yahei (active c. 1852) (censor)
    Magomi Kangeyū (active c. 1852) (censor)
    Kumagai no Jirō Naozane (1141 - 1208) (subject)
    Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (1823 - 1854) (subject)
    Material and technique
    Nishiki-e, woodblock print with ink and colour
    mount 55.5 x 40.2 cm (height x width)
    sheet 35.5 x 24.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Christ Church College, University of Oxford, 1983.
    Accession no.

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