Kabuki - Actors Ichikawa Omezo and Otani Oniji as sumo wrestlers (Reproduction), 1794-1796 (mid 20 c. repro)
Ink, colors and mica on paper
13 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (34 x 23 cm)
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Omezo in the role of sumo wrestler Kaminari Tsurunosuke (right) and Ohtani Oniji as Ukiyo Tsuchihei in the play, "Nihonmatsu Michinoku Sodachi".
Sharaku is one of the greatest mysteries of art history. He popped out of nowhere, created some 140 designs, mostly bust portraits of kabuki actors, and then disappeared from the scene.
The original piece was created in 1794-95. This re-carved edition was made in the 20th century.
This work bears the artist's signature, "Toshusai Sharaku."
Ink, colors and mica on paper.
The work depicts Omezo (right) from the front and Oniji from the back.
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