Description This kozuka depicts Ichikawa Danjûrô as the hero from the short play "Shibaraku" (Wait a Moment). The play is one of the eighteen classics of kabuki and was regularly performed by successive actors with the name Ichikawa Danjûrô. In the play, the hero calls out "Wait a moment" from backstage and then appears to stop the villains. The hero wears red and white striped paint on his face and his costume exaggerates his size.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On kozuka: 龍池軒 英隨; [Translation] Ryûchiken Hideyuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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