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Actors as the Six Immortal Poets

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

Creation date: 1848-1851
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Judson D. Metzgar
Accession Number: 1939.6.a
Dimensions: 9 3/4 in. x 14 3/8 in. (24.77 cm x 36.51 cm)

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These actors are shown in their roles as the six most celebrated poets of the Heian period (794–1185) from a play that debuted in Edo in 1831. In this play, the five male poets performed a famous dance with Ono no Komachi, the only female in the group, who was renowned for her intelligence and beauty. Kunisada positioned her at the top and center of this composition. Kunisada excelled in the art of portraiture and group compositions. Each of the six actors has distinctive facial features, and the name of every actor is given in the inscription above.
Last Updated: 10/29/2010


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 73, Figure Number: 52


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