Comments - Terrific okubi-e or large head portrait of the kabuki actor Ichikawa Omezo I in character. He frowns with concentration, his hair pulled back into a neat topknot. He wears a simple brown striped kimono, pushing up one sleeve. A great expressive design and a fine choice for a kabuki enthusiast, not often seen in reprint.
A Rare, Early 20th Century Series - This beautiful series of reprinted masterwork designs was published by the boutique Tokyo publisher Daiichi Shobo in 1929 (Showa 4). The series was titled, "A Collection of Famous Ukiyo-e Prints." The set was a small release, and prints from the series are rarely seen in the market. Note the beautiful printing, fine detail, and the colors that carefully replicate the originals. An early hand made paper was used for printing the series. The prints were sold with identification information from the publisher and are sealed with the red seal of Daiichi Shobo. See the photos below for the publisher’s labels and an example of a red seal.
Artist - Kunimasa (1773 - 1810)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple of light creases, red seal at lower left. Please see photos for details. Good overall.