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[Nakamura] Shikan IV - Toyohara  Kunichika prints

[Nakamura] Shikan IV

By Toyohara Kunichika

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[Nakamura] Shikan IV - Toyohara  Kunichika print

Toyohara Kunichika

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Date: 1868

Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 36.8 by 24.3 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1400 (excl. taxes)


From the series "Mirror Sketches from the Backstage Dressing Room," signed Kunichika hitsu with red Toshidama seal, published by Tsunoi (Tsunokuniya Isaburo), ca. 1868-69

oban tate-e 14 1/2 by 9 5/8 in., 36.8 by 24.3 cm

In this example, Kunichika illustrates the actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899) brushing on his eyebrows in preparation for a performance. The poem in the lobed-flower cartouche is signed with his stage name, Shikan. He was one of the biggest and most versatile kabuki actors during the later half of the 19th century, traveling often to perform throughout Japan. His talents were nearly equally matched with that of Bando Hikosaburo V (1832-1877), fueling a legendary rivalry between the two virtuoso that apocrypally nearly came to blows.

While few prints from this series are extant, this design seems to be particuarly rare, and possibly unrecorded.

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