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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
Kabuki Scene, March 1855
Ink on Paper
36.5 cm x 76.2 cm (14 3/8 in. x 30 in.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.55


Marks
Right panel: There is a signature in a red box in the upper right, and another in the lower right. There are three seals in the lower right, and one in the lower left.
Middle panel: There is a signature in a red box in the upper left, and another in the center of the left edge. Four seals are printed in the center of the left edge.
Left panel: There is a signature in a red box in the center of the right side, and another in the center of the left side. There is a signature in a yellow box in the upper left, and seals printed in the center of the left edge and in the lower right.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock triptych on off-white paper.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock triptych of a Kabuki theatre scene. The actors shown, from left to right, are: the courtesan Komurasaki of the Miura House and her kamuro Yukari, Sirai Gompachi and Teranishi Kanshin.

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