Kabuki Prints - Dating back nearly four hundred years, kabuki is a classic form of Japanese theater which combines dance and drama in highly stylized performances. This popular entertainment features colorful costumes with elaborate makeup and wigs along with spectacular staging, accompanied by live music. Kabuki woodblocks promoted contemporary plays and actors to an eager audience, who purchased the latest designs as they became available. The genre proved enormously popular, with thousands of kabuki prints issued during the Edo and Meiji eras.
Special detail - This is a scene from the play "Imoseyama onna teikin"( Mt Imo and Mt Se: A Tale of Womanly Virtue) at the Kawarazaki Theater in Edo.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 10" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Backed with paper. Small repair, a few creases, slight rippling on face. Please see photos for details.
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