(Japan 1743 – 1812)
Onnagata Nakamura Noshio dancing in the role of a fox-girl
- Other titles:
- Actor in the role of a woman (Nakamura Noshio I), A dancing kabuki actor, (Actor Nakamura Noshio dancing)
- Not on display
- Further information
In Japanese folklore, the fox is a cunning animal that can assume human form. Here he takes the form of a woman, his hand curled like a forepaw - a clue to the disguise. The small cap worn on the forehead was standard headgear for 'onnagata'. The scene is heavily autumnal, with maple leaves above and the actor carrying chrysanthemums. Shunkô was first among the pupils devoted to the theatre of leading 'ukiyo-e' artist Katsukawa Shunshô (1726-93), founder of the important Katsukawa school.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.248.
- Place of origin
- Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- circa 1794
- colour woodblock print
- 29.2 x 14.8 cm
- Signature & date
Signed c.l. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Shunkô ga [picture by Shunkô]". Not dated.
- Purchased 1930
- Accession number