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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.162


Alternate Title: Shi henge no ban no hayagawari e
Full Title: A Picture of an Instant Costume Change of the Scene of Four (Goblins, Apparitions, Ghosts)

Marks
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper. Mounted onto a gold mat, which is attached to a material covered mat board.

Object Description
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.

Publisher
Iseya Rihei.

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