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Sawamura Tossho (Gennosuke II) as Tamonnosuke

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Utagawa Kunisada III, Japanese, (1848–1920)
Sawamura Tossho (Gennosuke II) as Tamonnosuke, c. 1870
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. (357.19 mm x 239.71 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.148

On envelope, in pencil: "1876" Not signed.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of an actor. This actor clearly portrays a villain, cloaked in black with a clenched jaw and his hand prominently grasping his sword. Similar in style to Kuniteru II’s print, it also emphasizes the dramatic expression of the actor, in this case, by framing it with a black hood.

Additionally, the line of the actor’s body positioned against the diagonal of the background structure creates a dynamic X-shaped composition.

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