Toyohara Kunichika, Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Sato Miyomasa

Toyohara Kunichika, 1835-1900

Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Sato [Kato] Miyomasa
(Seisho daijin Araki no Ritsuzo)

signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu, ca. 1873

oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 5/8 in., 36.4 by 24.4 cm

The actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899) is in the role of Kato Miyomasa, a samurai falsely accused of a crime who saves his master from an earthquake, from the play Momoyama Monogatari (The Tale of Momoyama). Miyomasa is based on the historical daimyo who lived from 1562 until 1611 and was a renowned general and castle builder. He contributed to major victories at Seoul and Busan during the Korean Imjin Wars (1592-1598), during which he was recognized for building important fortifications for the Japanese forces. He is often depicted engaging in tiger hunting, a somewhat common but decidedly dangerous practice that was popular amongst wealthy samurai of the time.

Amy Reigle Newland, Time present and time past, Images of a forgotten master: Toyohara Kunichika 1835-1900, 1999, p. 102, cat. no. 74



Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
October 21, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475