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Picture of a Stylish Man's Shirabyoshi Dance

Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1848–1920)

Creation date: 1855
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Print
Medium and Support: Woodblock print
Credit Line: Gift of Captain George B. Powell, Jr., JAGC, USN
Accession Number: 2009.118.1-.3
Dimensions: 14 1/4 in. x 10 in. (36.2 cm x 25.4 cm)
Currently on view


George B. Powell, ( - 6/1/09)

San Diego Museum of Art, (6/1/09 - )

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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


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

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


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: 137-138, Figure Number: 112

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