The Kabuki Stage Actor, by Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni Ill) Japanese Woodblock Print, Late Edo Period

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Powerful portrayal of a Japanese Kabuki actor by Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) Japanese, 1786-1865. This Edo era Woodblock print is custom framed in a simple black frame, the print rests on a gold beige/sand coloured woven textile ackground, behind glass.
Hand made washi paper with good color with delicate bokashi (graduated shading). Condition is fair - two minor holes which are often seen in older woodblocks. See last photograph for one of them.
Vertical oban H14", W9.5".  Not inspected out of frame.  Possibly from the series: Series of Actor Portraits

Kabuki is a popular Japanese theatre genre that traditionally featured actors wearing elaborate costumes and make-up, engaged in dramatic acting, singing, and dancing. All roles - both male and female - have traditionally been played by male actors.

1603 - 1868 The Edo period or Tokugawa period is the period between 1603 and 1867 in the history of Japan, when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyo. Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

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