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Torii Kiyomitsu I, Japanese, (1735–1785)
Segawa Kikunojo - Kabuki, 1930s
Ink on paper
15 1/2 in. x 6 13/16 in. (39.37 cm x 17.27 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2011.1.14


Commentary
While this image originated during the Edo period, the print displayed here was a recarved edition, created during the 1930s. The paper is sand colored.

The subject is the Kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojo, in "Roko." The actor was also known as "Roko." He was a much celebrated "onnagata," a specialist in female roles. Here, he plays one such role.

Torii Kiyomitsu was born in 1735 as the son of Kiyonobu II. A prominent artist, he was well known for his refined "hashira-e" (long format) bijin prints. (artelino.com)

Marks
Signature: Torii Kiyomitsu

Medium
ink on paper

Object Description
Color woodblock print depicting renowned kabuki actor Segawa Kikunojo playing the role of a female.

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