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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
Dramatic Scene: No. 2, c. 1850
Ink on Paper
9 3/8 in. x 13 7/8 in. (23.81 cm x 35.24 cm)

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: 2003.1.20

Signature and two round black and white ink seals printed in the lower right. Four red banners with text are printed within the image in the upper area. Square and oval black and white ink seals are printed in the lower left.

Colored ink woodblock print (oban yoko-e) on off-white paper.

Object Description
"This print depicts a genre scene within the confines of a living space; two men and a woman react to a monkey in robes dancing and flailing before them. Monkeys were sometimes seen as messengers of the gods, which could explain the ways in which the humans respond to its presence. In a more general sense, the inclusion of monkeys and other animals on the kabuki stage reflects the whimsical, buoyant, circus-like aspect of the art form."
(PL, student in 2010 seminar ARHI154 Japanese Prints)

Joshuya Kinzo.

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