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Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Oshimodoshi

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Torii Kiyotada VII, VII, Japanese, (active 1875–1941)
Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Oshimodoshi, 1896
Ink on Paper
36.8 cm x 24.5 cm (14 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 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: 2001.2.32


Alternate Title: Kabuki Juhachiban: Oshimodoshi

Commentary
“Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Demon Queller / Kabuki juhachiban: Oshimodoshi”
by Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) & Kiyotada VII (active 1875-1941) 1896

Written in 1727 for Danjuro II, the original plot of Oshimodoshi has been lost, and the play became a way for Ichikawa family actors to swagger and strut while carrying oversized weapons and vanquishing demons. This popular stage hero, played here by Danjuro IX, appears in flamboyant costumes with exaggerated makeup.

Marks
Signed: 'Tadakiyo' Seal: Red square 'tadakiyo'.

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

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print with depicting the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IXin the role of Aotake Goro in "Oshimodoshi," one of the plays in the Ichikawa family's repertoire of "Eighteen Kabuki Plays" (Kabuki Juhachiban).

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