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Image of The actor Onoe Waichi II as Watonai

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The actor Onoe Waichi II as Watonai

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

Creation date: 1857
Creation place: Japan

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Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.387
Dimensions: 14 in. x 9 3/8 in. (35.56 cm x 23.81 cm)

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Watonai, also known as Coxinga, was a seventeenth-century pirate, son of a Chinese smuggler and a Japanese samurai lady. He is famous for the part he played in his resistance against the Manchu invaders of China in 1644. During one episode, he carried his mother on his shoulders to a bamboo grove, where he fought and defeated a tiger. This print is part of a series depicting scenes from the compilation Tokiwa no iro ogi utsushi-e, performed at the Nakamura Theater in the tenth month of 1857. In this performance all major roles were played by the actor Onoe Waichi II.
Last Updated: 1/30/2015


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: 74, Figure Number: 54


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