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The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Fuwa Banzaemon - Toyohara  Kunichika prints

The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Fuwa Banzaemon

By Toyohara Kunichika

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The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Fuwa Banzaemon - Toyohara  Kunichika print

Toyohara Kunichika
1885

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Date: 1885

Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 35.9 by 23.6 cm

Condition: pristine

Signature: signed

Price: $1100 (excl. taxes)

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From the series "Fashionable Modern Clothing," with a dusting of mica on the mirror, signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu with red Toshidama seal, with block carver seal Hori-mori, published by Kodama Matashichi, ca. 1885

oban tate-e 14 1/8 by 9 1/4 in., 35.9 by 23.6 cm

The bold calligraphy in the background includes the name of the actor, Ichikawa (Danjuro IX, 1838-1903), one of the most important kabuki actors of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) who is credited, in part, with revitalizing and redefining the theater for the modern era. The role, Fuwa Banzaemon, was first performed in 1680 by Ichikawa Danjuro I (1660-1704, his great-great-great-great grandfather) and involves the first and most famous sayaate (rivalry in love) scene in which two hanamachi (lit' 'flower path'- walkway from the back of the theater) are needed for an exciting simultaneous entrance of both lovers.

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