Wakashu playing the hand drum - ROM2015_14585_7


Wakashu playing the hand drum

Medium:Woodblock print on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1790-1823
Period: Edo period
23.5 x 37.3 cm
Object number: 926.18.701
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionIt was Utamaro who pioneered the use of the ōkubi-e (“large head pictures”) for bijin-ga in the 1790s, and the genre was a specialty of Eisui. Here, we see a wakashu playing the shoulder drum (ko-tsuzumi), an instrument used in noh theatre, which itself was associated with the warrior class. His maegami (forelock) is especially conspicuous.
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