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Matsumoto Kôshirô VII as the warrior-monk Benkei

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Ōta Masamitsu, Matsumoto Kôshirô VII as the warrior-monk Benkei, 1955, color woodblock print (nishiki-e), Gift of Mrs. Fay Kramer, © unknown, research required, 91.48.2E

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Title

Matsumoto Kôshirô VII as the warrior-monk Benkei

Related Titles

Series Title: Showa butai sugata (Figures of the Showa Stage)

Artist

Ōta Masamitsu (Japanese, 1893-1975)

Date

1955

Medium

color woodblock print (nishiki-e)

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 14 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in; sheet: 16 5/16 in x 10 7/8 in

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Modern Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Fay Kramer

Accession Number

91.48.2E

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

Japanese woodblock prints

musha-e

paper

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

Description

Matsumoto Kôshirô VII (1870-1949), who acted under that name from November 1911 until his final performance in February 1948, is considered one of the finest kabuki actors of the first half of the 20th century. He was trained as a youth by Ichikawa Danjûrô IX and thoroughly mastered the ‘aragoto’ (rough stuff) roles of the Ichikawa tradition. His costume here is that of Benkei, the powerful warrior monk who served as loyal companion to the young Yoshitsune in “Kanjinchô.”

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