A Palanquin Bearer from the Series Pictures of Instant Costume Changes, c. 1840
Ink on Paper
13 3/4 in. x 9 15/16 in. (349.25 mm x 252.41 mm)
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.
Colored ink woodblock on paper. Mounted onto a gold mat, which is attached to a material covered mat board.
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of a demonic male figure. Originally the left sheet of a tryptych showing a palanquin at center supported by two burly bearers, this image gives a sense of the exaggerated makeup used to show musculature. The quick change was probably done by the main character, using the sedan chair as a place for props and extra costumes.
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