Yamamura Koka

Toyonari, 1885-1942

Actor in a Chinese Opera
(Shina shibai seichu den hoshi)

with karazuri ('blind printing') on the large white tassel dangling from his headpiece, with artist's seal Toyonari on the lower left margin, self-published via the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai, ca. 1924

dai oban tate-e 15 3/4 by 10 7/8 in., 40.1 by 27.6 cm

This stylistic portrait of a Chinese actor is extremely rare; it's not recorded in the 1930 Toledo shin hanga exhibition.

Amy Reigle Newland, et. al., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth Century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2004, p. 83, no. 67
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2015, Yamamura Koka (Toyonari) Exhibition History, p. 211

price: $3,800


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145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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