Artist: Shin'ei (新栄)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon V as the nurse Masaoka
of the Date clan in the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi

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Dates: 1920s,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shin'ei hitsu (新栄筆)
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (?)

Related links: Waseda University; Kabuki21; Waseda University - 1949 Ota Masamitsu print of Utaemon V as Masaoka;

Physical description:

The print in the Lyon Collection has the signature in the upper right corner. The one at Waseda University is along the center right edge. The publisher's seal is in the same location in both - the lower left edge. We cannot account for the differences.


If you enlarge the image of this print sufficiently you will notice that there is a special piece of dark purple cloth attached to the front of the actor's wig. This is referred to as a Murasaki boshi. Murasaki means purple.

This is "A silk cloth worn by an onnagata at the top of the forehead where the shaved forelocks would have been. Often the cloth is purple, but not always. Cautionary note: Not all onnagata are portrayed on prints wearing this cloth."