Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Shibaraku
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Torii Kiyosada, Japanese, (1844–1901)
Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Shibaraku, 1896
Ink on Paper
36.5 cm x 23.9 cm (14 3/8 in. x 9 7/16 in.)
“Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Wait A Minute! / Kabuki juhachiban :
by Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) & Kiyotada VII (active 1875-1941) 1896
Gift of the Aoki Endowment 2001.2.31
Shibaraku is the climactic scene of a play written in 1697 for Ichikawa Danjuro I (1675-1704) about the rescue by Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa (shown below) of some imperial princes who were captured by the evil Kiyohara no Takehiro. Gongoro wears an oversized costume with enourmous sleeves, shown here framing the face of Ichikawa Danjuro IX and bearing the Ichikawa emblem / mon of concentric squares.
Signed: 'Torii Kiyosada' and 'Tadakiyo' w/ respective seals.
Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper. Oban tate-e.
Meiji period color woodblock print with two scenes of the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro in character.
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