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Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, (1835–1900)
Honorable Stage Star Tomimoto on Stage, 1871
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 27 1/2 in. (35.56 cm x 69.85 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: 2005.1.61


Alternate Title: Issei-Ichidai Tomomoto Hoshu Otomimoto Tayu Hogeki

Edition
Very fine color; fine impression.

Marks
Signed: "Kunichika hitsu" on right sheet. Signed: "Oju Kunichika hitsu" on left sheet. Censor's seal. Publisher's seal (with Mt. Fuji).

Medium
Colored ink on paper; Oban typitych.

Object Description
Exhibition of Bando Kamezo's retirement with a special performance of Tomimoto family style of song. Kamezo is shown with his adopted son Hikosaburo V and with Kikugoro V and his two children. An unusual portrayal of musicians and characters on stage.

Right: Bando Hikosaburo V (1832-1877) as Umezu Kamon
Center: Bando Kamezo I (1800-1873) as Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, holding Bando Tsurunosuke II as Tsuruwaka (on right) and Onoe Kikunosuke as Kikuwaka (on left).
Left: Onoe Kikugoro V (1844-1903) as Kashiwagi Eimon

Publisher
Published by: Tsujiokaya Bunsuke. Carved by: Katada Horicho (master carver).

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