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Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Shibaraku

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Torii Kiyotada VII, VII, Japanese, (active 1875–1941)
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.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.31


Alternate Title: Kabuki Juhachiban: Shibaraku

Commentary
“Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Wait A Minute! / Kabuki juhachiban :
Shibaraku!”
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.

Marks
Signed: 'Torii Kiyosada' and 'Tadakiyo' w/ respective seals.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper. Oban tate-e.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print with two scenes of the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro in character.

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