Morita Kanya VIII in the Role of Uguisu no Jirosaku, the Palanquin Bearer


Yamatane Museum of Art

Yamatane Museum of Art
Tokyo , Japan

This image is based on the closing scene of the first act of the Kabuki play entitled "Katakiuchi Noriyai Banashi (A Medley of Tales of Revenge) ." Kanya is shown twisting his body in a dance he performed in this episode. The scene involved Actor Morita Kan'ya VIII as Uguisu no Jirosaku, Ichikawa Komazô II as Shiga Daishichi, and Nakayama Tomisaburô as Miyagino, the eldest daughter of Matsushita Mikinoshin, but since Komazô and Tomisaburô already appear in other prints and other scenes, this print shows only Kan'ya. With both hands wrapped in the sleeves of his kimono and held in front of his chest as he stares to the side shows an accurate depiction of his stance on the stage, and is one of the most dynamic of Sharaku's bust portrait works. Sharaku's characteristic use of realistic depiction with emphatic eye outlines and eyebrows is particularly evident here.


  • Title: Morita Kanya VIII in the Role of Uguisu no Jirosaku, the Palanquin Bearer
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1794
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 大判錦絵
  • 作家名(日本語): 東洲斎写楽
  • 作品名(日本語): 八代目森田勘弥の駕篭舁鴬の次郎作
  • Physical Dimensions: w243 x h379 mm
  • Painter: Tōshūsai Sharaku
  • Type: Woodblock Prints
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper

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