The Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Nanatsu Men
(Kabuki juhachiban: Nanatsu men)
signed Tadakiyo hitsu with seal Garaku, the actor and role identified below the mimasu-mon 'three rice measure' actor's crest, Gagoze Akaemon, kusei Ichikawa Danjuro, and the actor nanadaime Danjuro with his theatrical name Hakuen identified at the upper left corner of the top figure, published by Hasegawa Sumi, 1895
14 1/8 by 9 5/8 in., 35.8 by 24.3 cm
The actor Ichikawa Ebizo V (Danjuro VII, 1791-1859) is the mask and Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838-1903) is in the role of Gagoze Akaemon from the play Nanatsu Men.
In 1840, Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791- 1859) compiled a list of 18 kabuki plays, the Kabuki juhachiban, representing the most noteable plays, acts, and scenes in the repertory of the Ichikawa acting-family dynasty. This print series was designed by Kiyotada IV (Tadakiyo, Torii Kotondo's adoptive father) based on the sketches by his father Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901).
Tokyo Metropolitan Library (archive.library.metro.tokyo.jp), accession no. 5721-C8-13
(inv. no. 10-2070)
price: $ 275
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