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Actor Segawa Kikujirō I as Senju-no-mae

Torii Kiyomasu II

Asian Art

MEDIUM Woodblock print on paper with watercolor and lacquer
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1731-1740
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 13 3/16 x 6 1/8 in. (33.5 x 15.5 cm)
    MARKINGS Publisher: Iseya Jisuke.
    SIGNATURE Torii Kiyomasu (鳥居清倍)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.532
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Urushie: lacquer print with color applied by hand Condition: badly repaired at corners, stained, rubbed, soiled Signature: Torii Kiyomasu II Remarks: Publisher: Iseya Hosoban. The print combines several techniques: it is printed in black ink, then printed again to apply black lacquer on the actor's sash (this is now lifting up in places), then color was applied by hand to select areas. The story of Senju-no-mae was popular in Kabuki and elsewhere. After falling in love with a doomed warrior, the courtesan takes refuge in a Buddhist monastery.
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