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Nakajima Wadaemon as Jizo, Offering His Life for a Land Owner

Toshusai Sharaku

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
Sharaku’s full-length actor portraits are less celebrated than his more graphically striking half-length compositions, but they often depict their subjects with great sensitivity. Here, an older actor is shown onstage, playing a heroic, self-sacrificing character.
MEDIUM Color woodblock print on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES Nov. 1794
    PERIOD Edo period, Kansei 6
    DIMENSIONS 12 3/4 x 6 in. (32.4 x 15.2 cm)
    SIGNATURE Sharaku
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 45.158.2
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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