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2 Framed 19th C. Japanese Woodblocks - Kabuki Actors

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864), Utagawa Toyosai (Japanese, 1848-1920), and Kunimasa III (Japanese, 1823-1880). Kagamiyama (Kabuki Play) woodblock prints. Ca. late 19th century CE. A pair of framed triptychs of woodblock prints depicting Kabuki actors - the triptych including a male character holding weapons at the right of the composition by Utagawa Kunisada - the other triptych including one sheet by Utagawa Toyosai and the other two by Kunimasa III (a follower of Kunisada who also took the name Kunisada II in 1846). Kabuki is a popular genre of Japanese musical theatre that has traditionally featured actors wearing elaborate costumes and make-up, engaged in dramatic acting, singing, and dancing. All roles - both male and female - have traditionally been played by male actors. Each of these triptychs is set on a black mat and in a custom frame under glass. Size: triptychs (3 sheets together) measure ~ 28" W x 14.25" H (71.1 cm x 36.2 cm); 36" W x 22.125" H (91.4 cm x 56.2 cm) framed

Condition: Colors have faded as shown. Crease marks. Wear to edges with some loss to bottom edge of the triptych with three figures. Frames are in very good condition, and both are wired for suspension.

Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired between 1940-1960

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