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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, (1797–1861)
Tada Kurodo Yukitsuna (R) and the onnagata Naruto no Mae no Rei (L), c. 1847-1852
Ink on Paper
14 7/16 in. x 9 5/8 in. (366.71 mm x 244.48 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 97.1.5


Alternate Title: Tada no kurodo Yukitsuna, Naruto no

Marks
Old accession number on verso of print, in pencil (SC271). On mat in pencil: exhibited Denison Library 2/96-3/96. Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Censor's seal: double censor's seal (Murata and Mera).

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of two actors. The foreground figure is a male actor playing a female character who is dressed as a yamabushi (warrior), a layman ascetic wearing the robes of a Buddhist monk. Such complex role-playing and disguises were popular theatrical devices in 19th century kabuki, where the stage world could comment on the great social changes and modernization processes occurring in Japan.

Publisher
Joshu-ya Kinzo seal.

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