An image of Onnagata Nakamura Noshio dancing in the role of a fox-girl

Katsukawa SHUNKÔ

(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)
Location
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
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1794
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock print
Dimensions
29.2 x 14.8 cm
Signature & date

Signed c.l. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Shunkô ga [picture by Shunkô]". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1930
Accession number
4351