Comments - Fantastic okubi-e or large head kabuki portrait of the actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Umeomaru in a striking close-up image capturing the actor's intensity. He wears a red kimono patterned with his namesake pink plum (ume) blossoms, the three concentric rice measure crest of the Ichikawa Danjuro line of actors on the shoulder. A bold design.
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 - Enkyo (1749 - 1803)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.