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Tsuchiyama: The Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akogi no Heiji

Kunisada Tsunoda, Japanese, (1786–1865)
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: 1852
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Loch and Clare Crane
Accession Number: 2006.9
Dimensions: 14 3/16 in. x 9 15/16 in. (36.04 cm x 25.24 cm)


Mr. and Mrs. Loch Crane, La Jolla, California ( - February 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 20, 2006 - )

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This image is associated with the station of Tsuchiyama in a very oblique and sophisticated way. The figure depicted is Akogi no Heiji, a character in the play Akogi Bay in Seishu. Akogi no Heiji was the follower of Sakanoue, whose name means “Above the Slope.” His image refers to the station of Tsuchiyama, because it is the next one after Sakanoshita, which means “Below the Slope.” In this print Akogi no Heiji looks around surreptitiously as he clutches the sword, wrapped in a bright red cloth, that he has just fished out of a bay where fishing was prohibited. Under his right arm is a traditional Japanese raincoat made from woven straw.
Last Updated: 2/17/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

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