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The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII in the play Shibaraku

Utagawa Toyokuni I, Japanese, (1769–1825)

Creation date: ca. 1823-1825
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock print with Ink and mica on paper
Credit Line: Donor unknown
Accession Number: 1985.22
Dimensions: 8 3/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (21.27 cm x 18.1 cm)

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One of the most idolized Kabuki actors of the day, Ichikawa Danj?r? VII holds his infant son who would become Ichikawa Danj?r? VIII. A monkey offers up a cup of tea, because this print was a New Year gift in 1824, the Year of the Monkey. Silver foil, expensive paper, and high-quality dyes were used in the production of this special type of print, called surimono, which includes poems at the top. They allude to the fame and success that the Year of the Monkey will bring to the actor. The final line reads: “His wealth and fame will increase abundantly, and his child adds to his popularity.”
Last Updated: 9/18/2015


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

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