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Actor Ichikawa Sansho V as Umeomaru - Natori  Shunsen prints

Actor Ichikawa Sansho V as Umeomaru

By Natori Shunsen

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Actor Ichikawa Sansho V as Umeomaru - Natori  Shunsen print

Natori Shunsen
1953

Contact Scholten Japanese Art about Actor Ichikawa Sansho V as Umeomaru By Natori Shunsen

Date: 1953

Medium: woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 40.7 by 27.6 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1900 (excl. taxes)

Description:

From the series "New Versions of Figures on the Stage," signed Shunsen sha with artist's seal Shunsen publisher's seal Watanabe, dated Showa nijuhachinen nigatsu saku (made in Showa 28 [1953] February)

dai oban tate-e 16 by 10 7/8 in., 40.7 by 27.6 cm

The actor Ichikawa Sansho V (1882-1956) is in the role of Umeomaru from the play Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy). He is one of the play's triplets, each named for a different tree. Umeomaru's name is a homonym of ume, meaning plum. He is a retainer of the statesman Sugawara until he turns on his lord after Sugawara is accused of treason. He goes to confront his former master on Mt. Tempei. In this famous scene, Sugawara turns into a thunder god and assaults Umeomaru and his company with incendiary plum leaves before stealing away into the night.

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