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Tamura Sadanobu III, Japanese
Kabuki Scene: The Giant Arrow (Yanone), c. 1950
Ink on Paper
27.1 cm x 24.1 cm (10 11/16 in. x 9 1/2 in.)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.19

Signed with a seal in the lower left.

Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper. Shikishiban.

Object Description
In the play Yanone “The Arrowhead”, based on one of the exploits of the Soga brothers, Goro falls asleep while polishing a giant arrow. While he is sleeping, he dreams that his brother Juro is in peril and begging for help. Goro awakens immediately and rushes off to save Juro, taking the horse of a nearby peasant.

Sadanobu’s highly detailed print shows Goro polishing the giant arrow; the artist pays great attention not only to Goro but to his surroundings as well. As this was created in the 1950’s, the style differs quite dramatically from the usual Japanese print, although it maintains the traditional elements of kabuki theatre.

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