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Adachi Ginko, Japanese
"Hanging Paper Lanterns" Performed by Ichikawa Danjuro, 1897
Ink and colors on paper
14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (36 x 24 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: 2018.1.55

Alternate Title: O-edo Nenju Gyoji Shibai: "Hanging Paper Lanterns"

A set of 25 designs, 23 by Ginko and 2 by Torii Kyosada.

The series, literally called, "The Annual Calendar of Events in Edo Theater," shows some interesting customs and stage props around Kabuki theaters.

Ukiyo-e works are rare that depict the actual audience as well as the kabuki actors. This series is notable, both due to this point and for the glimpses of the green room and views from backstage. (artelino)


The dance-drama “Musume D?j?ji” features as many as nine dances and costume changes in a sequence that tells of the maiden’s developing love, happiness, anger, hatred and fury. Here the actor Nakamura Tomijûrô III (1859-1901) wears a gold colored hat / tateboshi and carries a fan while dancing joyfully beside the D?j?ji bell, early in the performance. Behind the horizontally striped curtain, a chorus sings: “Surrounded by cherry trees, green pines stand out among the flowers. In the fullness of spring, the day is drawing to a close. The sunset bell echoes in the evening glow.”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

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