MS 7163 Picture of a scene in a play at the theater, by Hishikawa Moronobu

Collection ID:
Hishikawa, Moronobu, approximately 1618-approximately 1694
Physical Description:
1 Page
30.5 cm x 43 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Included is the print which shows actors on the stage and members of the audience. Some of the latter, as well as the characters depicted by the actors, are named. A cover sheet includes a biographical sketch of the artist.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Moronobu was the pioneer ukiyo-e school artist. His representative works depict the world of the courtesan and the theater.

Existence and Location of Originals
Tokyo National Museum

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA INV 10000029
NAA MS 7163

Translation of Title
Translation of Title
Picture of a scene in a play at the theater, by Hishikawa Moronobu

Varying Form of Title
Varying Form of Title
Hishikawa Moronobu hitsu engeki no zu

Local Note
Local Note
Transliterations, translations, and other data furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology. She consulted Richard Lane, Images from the floating world: the Japanese print, Friboug, Sitzerland, 1978, and Laurence P. Roberts, A dictionary of Japanese artists, Tokyo and New Yor, 1976.

Using the Collection
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Printed document
Manuscript 7163, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
The reproduction was acquired in China by Dr. Rhea Blue in the 1930s. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1970. It was transferred from the artifactual collection of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives by Chang-su Houchins in March, 1984.
Custodial History
Previously titled "17th century (original)."

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Theater -- Japanese Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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