Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo I, Japan

Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo I, Japan

'The Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezô I in the Drama "Shibaraku"'
Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825)
About 1810
Nishiki-e (brocade print)
Ôban size
Signature: Toyokuni ga
Museum no. E.4829-1886
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is most likely a depiction of a production performed at the Morita-za Theatre in November 1810. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), the script of the play 'Shibaraku' (Wait!) became fixed and the name of the main character was designated as Kamakura no Gongorô Kamemasa. Originally, however, the plot and the characters were created afresh each time it was performed.