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Utagawa Kunisada

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Akasaka: the actor Bando Mitsuemon I as Sukebei, lackey of Sawai

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 Sheila Potiker in memory of Hughes L. Potiker
Accession Number: 2009.12
Dimensions: 14 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (36.51 cm x 24.45 cm)


EJF Art Collection, La Jolla, California ( - )

Sheila Potiker, ( - 2/19/09)

San Diego Museum of Art, (2/19/09 - )

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This print depicts an actor in the roll of the footman Sukebei from the Kabuki play Journeying through Iga Province along a Picture Map Game (Igagoe dochu sugoroku). He was traveling from Akasaka when he came to a barrier in the road. The daughter of the barrier keeper showed Sukebei a telescope for the first time, and he became obsessed with peering through it to see distant sights. In this print, the artist shows him recoiling at having espied his favorite prostitute making love with another man.
Last Updated: 2/17/2011


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

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