Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Dekiboshi no Sankichi

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Dekiboshi no Sankichi

1859

woodblock print

14 1/2 by 10 1/4 in., 36.7 by 25.9 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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The actor Ichikawa Ichizo III (1833-1865) is in the role of Dekiboshi no Sankichi from the play Tanomimasu Soga no Kamigaki as performed at the Morita Theater in the 2nd lunar month of 1859. Two years before this portrait was published, Ichizo was made famous by a bizarre tragedy that took place during another production at the same theater during which a real samurai seated in the audience became so caught up with the performance he leapt to the stage with his sword drawn and attacked the actor. Unfortunately several staff members who tried to assist Ichizo were killed by the deranged samurai, and Ichizo suffered a minor injury, although he was able to appear on stage the following day, and not surprisingly, the grisly affair ensured that the play was a resounding commercial success.