Medium and Support:
Gift of Captain George B. Powell, Jr., JAGC, USN
14 1/4 in. x 10 in. (36.2 cm x 25.4 cm)
Currently on view
In a shiraby?shi (“white rhythm”) dance, courtesans dress in twelfth-century men’s costumes and play male roles in an inversion of the norm. The hero of the Inaka Genji, Mitsuuji, is enjoying the production, while he is being served sake, and three female musicians behind him provide musical accompaniment.
Kunisada thought correctly that placing Mitsuuji as a spectator of a shiraby?shi would be a popular subject among his print-buying public. Nowhere in the Inaka Genji itself does such a scene occur.
Last Updated: 7/25/2013