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Iwai Hanshiro IV

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Utagawa Toyokuni, Japanese, (1769–1825)
Iwai Hanshiro IV, c. 1800
Ink on Paper
14 13/16 in. x 9 13/16 in. (376.24 mm x 249.24 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.84

On mat, and on verso, in pencil: Jo VI 46.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of Iwai Hanshiro, standing, with flowers.

Iwai Hanshiro is dressed as a courtesan but wears a courtier’s lacquered cap, which suggests that he is playing a role where a woman is taking the guise of a male imperial court official. The delicate patterns of the furisode (long sleeves) give an elegance to his kimono and suggest the graceful dances for which Hanshiro was noted.

Mikawaya (Mikawa-ya Seiemon) seal.

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