Artist: Natori Shunsen (名取春仙)

Print: Sawamura Gennosuke IV as Nikki Danjō in
The Precious incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai (Meiboku Sendai hagi)

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Dates: 1928,created
Dimensions: 10.75 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Taishidō Shunsen ga
('Green covered cave' Shunsen drawing)
Publisher's seal: Watanabe-kō (渡辺工)

Related links: Waseda University; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo - b & w; National Gallery of Australia; University of Michigan;

Physical description:

From an edition of 150.


"Shunsen illustrates Sawamura Gennosuke IV, a senior actor of the 1920s, portraying the climactic moment when Nikki Danjō emerges from beneath the stage. The sorcerer holds a scroll in his mouth, and his forehead bears a fresh gash, to convey his transformation from the rat. The grey kimono mimics the color of the rat."

Quoted from: Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., p. 86.



1. In color in Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., on pages 18 and 87.

2. In a small black and white reproduction in Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, #161.

3. In color reproduction in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, p. 201.

4. In color in 名取春仙, 1991, p. 46.

There is another copy in the Toledo Museum of Art.