Sakata Hangorō III in the Role of Fujikawa Mizuemon


Yamatane Museum of Art

Yamatane Museum of Art
Tokyo , Japan

In the 5th month (May) of Kansei 6 (1794), the print artist Sharaku made a stunning debut with his set of 28 bust-portrait images, printed in ôban large format with mica-printed enhancements, all depicting the actors of Edo's three most famous kabuki theaters of the day. The artistic rendering exaggerated the telltale features of each actor, while the carefully handled internal compositions set new standards for actor prints which had become mere set pieces. This print takes as its subject Sakata Hangorô III in the role of Fujikawa Mizuemon, the villain in the play Hana-ayame Bunroku Soga then being performed at the Miyako-za Theater. The print depicts the scene of Ishii Genzô fighting his father's enemy Mizuemon. Rather than enhancing the actor's looks, Sharaku depicts the loathsome features of the hero's opponent in the tale.


  • Title: Sakata Hangorō III in the Role of Fujikawa Mizuemon
  • 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): 三代目坂田半五郎の藤川水右衛門
  • Physical Dimensions: w249 x h372 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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