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Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Medicinal Herb Seller

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Torii Kiyotada VII, VII, Japanese, (active 1875–1941)
Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Medicinal Herb Seller , 1896
Ink and colors on paper
14 1/8 x 9 5/16 in. (35.81 x 23.62 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: 2012.1.41


Alternate Title: Kabuki juhachiban : Uiro uri Kabuki juhachiban : Uiro uri”

Commentary
"Kabuki Juhachi Ban" Ichikawa Danjuro IX is depicted in the role of Toraya Tokichi in "Uiro," one of the 18 famous kabuki plays by the Ichikawa family. Blind printing of Mimasu-mon and peony in the background.

Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Medicinal Herb Seller / Kabuki juhachiban : Uiro uri
by Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) & Kiyotada VII (active 1875-1941) 1896

The true story of the Soga brothers’ vendetta has provided the basis for numerous kabuki plays, and Uiro uri was first staged in 1718 and starred Ichikawa Danjuro II. He played the part of Soga Goro Tokimune who wanted to avenge his father’s death by assassinating Kudo Suketsune. Soga has gained access to Suketsune by dressing as a fast-talking medicine huckster, and is shown here with a box of herbs in one hand. The scene culminates in a rapid-fire tongue-twisting speech proclaiming his pills will cure all ailments and attract lovers.

Marks
Signature: "Tadakiyo" and the artist's seal

Medium
ink and colors on paper

Object Description
Format: Oban tate-e

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