Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Chinzei Hachirō Tametomo (鎮西八郎為朝)
from the series Tōsei Keisho Kagami (当世化粧鏡)
or 'Mirror of Contemporary Make-up'

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Dates: 1833,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokuei ga
Artist's seal: Fumoto no Yuki
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Honsei)
(Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Freer/Sackler Galleries; National Museums Scotland; Lyon Collection - Hokuei diptych from the same play source;

Physical description:

This image commemorates a production of the play Shimameguri Tsuki no Yumihari [嶋巡月弓張] at the Naka Theater 9/1833.

The famous archer, reflected in a mirror frame, leans forward on his longbow. His black war fan with the sun roundel is party seen at the base of the design. The bats at the top of the sheet are symbols of good fortune and prosperity.

Tametomo's outfit shows a mixture of his kiri crest and the actor's orange-blossom crest.

This is one from a series of four roundel bust portraits designed by Hokuei between 1833 and 1835. Each print in the series bears the title 'Contemporary Make-up Mirrors' (200 Years). They were put out in pairs. The first two have one signature - Shunkōsai Hokuei ga - while the last two have a different signature - Shumbaisai Hokuei ga - after the change of in 1833.


Illustrated in Catalogue of Japanese Art in the Náprstek Museum published by The International Research Center for Japanese Studies: Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series 4, 1994, p. 145.

There is a full-page, black and white illustration with accompanying text in Ōsaka Kagami 大阪鏡 by Jan van Doesburg, pp. 82-83, #72.


The Freer identifies this character as Mashiba Hisatsugu in their online site, but it is listed in Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection - now part of the Freer-Sackler Galleries - in an illustrated small black and white reproduction on page 346, #319 correctly as Chinzei Hachirō Tametomo.