A lone man walks along a mountain path on the bottom left, hunched over perhaps under a load he carries. He seems to be approaching a hut along the water's edge partially blocked from the viewer by tall trees. The path continues to wind up the mountain, and spoked circular designs indicate what may be a series of bridges. Lines of calligraphy and seals are in the upper left corner.
A stand of trees beside water foregrounds a central mountain that seems to rise lightly to the left. To the right of the mountain is calligraphic text and two orange seals. A small building is tucked to the right behind the stand of trees. Depth of the mountains is indicated with the use of wash.
Ink painting landscape with mountains, water, trees, and small hut.
Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Motome wears his hair in a top know with ornament. His eyes look upwards and his thin, red-lipped mouth lies open to reveal his teeth. He wears a blueish purple kimono with floral designs. Cartouches of text lie in the upper to corners and far left.
Ukiyo-e print of Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Motome. Nakamura Shikan IV was a famous Meiji kabuki actor adopted by Nakamura Utaemon IV from the Narikomaya guild.
This kabuki actor is in intricate and colorful costume, wearing a helmet with a strap that comes across the front of his chin. His eyes face two different directions, and he holds a metal weapon or staff.
This kabuki actor plays a daimyo, or feudal lord. Nakamura Shikan IV was a renowned Meiji actor orignally from Osaka, who achieved fame for himself all over Japan (he toured a lot). He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, able to play almost any kind of role as tachiyaku, katakiyaku or even onnagata.
Color woodblock print of a kabuki actor on gray mica ground. Actor appears to be playing the role of a samurai, with his hair in a top-knot, a family crest on the arm of his kimono, and a sword complete with scabbard ornament. His head tilts downward seriously as his hand reaches to unsheath his sword.
Ukiyo-e print of a kabuki actor as a samurai, possibly Sword-face.
Hirosada was one of the most prolific Osaka-based print designers during the Edo period. His prints depict many of the famous kabuki actors from the Osaka stage and were widely revered for expressive and bold style. He was best known for his ?kubi-e (large head) prints, such as this one of the Osaka actor Kataoka Ichizô in the guise of the sumo great Onigatake.