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Image of The Poet Sosei Hoshi: The actor Matsumoto Koshiro V as Ishikawa Goemon

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The Poet Sosei Hoshi: The actor Matsumoto Koshiro V as Ishikawa Goemon

Utagawa Toyokuni II, Japanese, (1777–1835)
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: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.388
Dimensions: 14 in. x 10 in. (35.56 cm x 25.4 cm)

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This figure from a Kabuki play is a character who is an outlaw hiding in the upper storey of a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. When he comes out to survey the scene for potential victims, a glimmer of his redeeming nature is revealed when he is struck by the beauty of the cherry blossoms in bloom. At this moment, his pursuers see his reflection in the water of a bronze urn below, which allows them to capture him. This print is from a series of actor prints, each of which is associated with a work of classic poetry. The artist has matched this scene with a poem by the ninth-century Buddhist monk Sosei H?shi, which is written in the white square at the top of the page. It translates: Looking afar at the capital where willow and cherry blossoms intermingle, a spring brocade
Last Updated: 1/30/2015


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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2001
Page Number: 10, Figure Number: 10

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 74, Figure Number: 53


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