Actor Sawamura Tanosuke as Itchōme tetsubōhiki

 
Artist
Creation date
Publisher
Kinseido^
Publisher
Sano-ya Tomigoro^
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Artist's signature: Kuniaki ga in a toshidama cartoche Publisher's mark: Kinseidō (Sano-ya Tomigorō) Date seal: Dog 4 (1862, 4th month)
Dimensions
14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (image)
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
Accession number
72.47.130
Collection
Not Currently On View

一丁目鉄棒引

The actor Sawamura Tanosuke holds an iron staff with rings that was used to sound an alarm in times of emergency. This may be a visual metaphor since to "sound the iron staff" also refers to an alarmist person who worsens a conflict, like throwing oil on a fire-in short, a rabble-rouser.

Mrs. Kate Kiser. Klein; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972
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