Artist: Gatōken Shunshi (画登軒春芝)

Print: Onoe Tamizō II (二代目尾上多見蔵) in his dressing room mirror

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Dates: 1827,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gatōken Shunshi ga

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hankyu Culture Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1832 print by Kunihiro showing Tamizō II wearing a robe with linked bells, his crest; Japan Arts Council - Shunshi print of Tamizō II wearing his crest;

Physical description:

The name of Tamizō II (1799-1886) is printed in the upper right corner of this print - 多見蔵.

Whereas we have been unable to find published information on Tamizō's personal crest we believe that it must have been a linked group of small bells or suzu (錫) which form a circle. We have come to this conclusion for two reasons. One is based on this motif's frequency on disparate prints including another Shunshi print of Tamizō II as Yoshikawa Umenosuke also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There is another totally different print of this actor by Shunshi shown online by the Japan Arts Council. The second reason is found in the nature of this print in the Lyon Collection. It shows the actor in his dressing room, in casual clothes, but clearly showing this particular motif. The towel with a floral motif in a circle shown in this print may well be another crest used by this actor. (JSV)


Listed in:

1) Bosuton bijutsukan shozō Kamigata-e mokuroku, Kitagawa, Kansai daigaku, 2007, p. 95.

2) In Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Osaka, 1998, no 218.

3) In color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 2, p. 54.