Shirabyoshi Dancer

by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

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Shirabyoshi Dancer by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Shirabyoshi Dancer

Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play "Fukyoku Edo Geisha" featuring the actors on stage with chanters and a musician on a raised platform behind them. In the foreground, Sawamura Sojuro III appears as Shigemori at right, Nakayama Kojuro VI plays the beauty Chidori, and Ichikawa Yaozo III is shown as Yononaka Yoshibei at left, actually Yoshihira. Chidori is dressed as a shirabyoshi dancer, wearing a tall yellow court cap and carrying a folding fan. She looks down with a disdainful frown at the samurai who kneels at right. The chanters are Tomimoto Buzendayu and Tomimoto Itsukidayu, with Namizaki Tokuji accompanying them on shamisen. Nicely drawn with expressive faces and fine detail.

Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.

Artist - Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown.

Shirabyoshi Dancer by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
Shirabyoshi Dancer by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)