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Actor Otani Tomoemon VI as Sugawara no Michizane - Natori  Shunsen prints

Actor Otani Tomoemon VI as Sugawara no Michizane

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Actor Otani Tomoemon VI as Sugawara no Michizane - Natori  Shunsen print

Natori Shunsen
1927

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Date: 1927

Medium: woodblock

Edition size: From an edition limited to 150 impressions

Sheet size: 40.4 by 27.2 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1900 (incl. taxes)

Description:

a bust-portrait of the actor wearing a deep aubergine-colored choken (robe worn by high-ranking noblemen) decorated with sylized plum blossoms; signed Shunsen with artist's seal Natori, publisher's seal Watanabe ko (Watanabe Shozaburo) at middle left edge, artist's approval seal, Natori, at lower left corner, from an edition limited to 150 impressions, ca. 1927

dai oban tate-e 40.4 by 27.2 cm

The actor Otani Tomoemon VI (1886-1943) is in the role of Sugawara no Michizane from the play Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy). The play is based on the life of the historical Sugawara Michizane (845-903), a famous statesman and poet who was exiled by the Emperor Daigo as a result of manipulations by Michizane's rival, Fujiwara Tokihira. Originally staged as a puppet play in Osaka in 1746, the first kabuki production was was performed in Kyoto one month later, and at two theaters in Edo the following year.

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