Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada- Nakamura Shikan IV in the Role of Teraoka Heiemon 1860's



Woodblock Print


Kabuki actor playing as Teraoka Heiemon. Teraoka Heiemon Nobuyuki was the only ronin (Samari without a master) who did not commit seppuku (a form of suicide) because he was on an important errand for Oboshi (A Samari). Thereafter, he became a priest and took care of the tombs of the other Ronin. The print has various details of horseback riders in the background behind the portrait of Nakamura Shikan IV. This play became very popular and influential in the Edo period. The woodblock print is printed on rice paper. The print is not framed.

Artist Biography

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese: 1786 – 12 January 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (Sandai Utagawa Toyokuni), was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.


H 14.5 in. x W 10 in. x D .004 in.