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Taisho Period (1912-1926)

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ISHII Hakutei, Japanese, (1882–1958)
New Portraits (Shin Nigao): Ennosuke as King Lear and Tozo as Priest Koku, 1915
Ink on paper
9 3/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (23.88 cm x 16.51 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Taisho (Japan, 1912-1925)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2010.1.18


Alternate Title: Shin Nigao: Ennosuke as King Lear and Tozo as Priest Koku

Object Description
From the series, "Shin Nigao" (New Portraits). Kabuki actor Ennosuke is in the role of King Lear (top). Kabuki actor Tozo is in the role of priest Koku (bottom).

"Shin Nigao" was a short-lived magazine series started in 1915 for 5 issues. Several artists contributed to one or two prints for the series which showcased individual approaches to the traditional actor's portraits.

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