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Kabuki Play "Kagekiyo"

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Chikanobu Toyohara, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Kabuki Play "Kagekiyo", 1882
ink and colors on paper
14 3/16 x 27 13/16 in. (36 x 71 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2016.1.6

A kabuki scene. Kagekiyo (left, played by Ichikawa Gonjuro, 1848-1904) is pulling out a sword hidden in the neck of a lute. Shigetada (center, Ichikawa Kuzo III, 1836-1911) is responding to the threat. Courtesan Akoya (right, played by Onoe) and her servant (Nakamura) are frightened by the sudden incident.

The work is signed, "Yoshu Chikanobu," and it bears the Toshidama seal.

ink and colors on paper

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