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Title

Courtesan playing 'koto', man with lantern and courtesan with an attendant carrying tray, from an album of 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 'kabuki' actors

1864


Artist

Utagawa KUNISADA

Japan

1786 - 1865


About

The album contains 34 striking images of kabuki actors by six late 19th century woodblock print designers: Utagawa KUNISADA I (1786-1864), Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880), Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900), Utagawa KUNIAKI II (1835-1888), Utagawa YOSHICHIKA (fl. 1850-60 in Osaka) and Utagawa KUNIHISA (1832-1891).

The album includes 27 multiple-sheet sets and 7 single-sheet prints, mostly dating from the early 1860s and therefore representing the last flowering of the 'ukiyo-e' woodblock print tradition. Published as sheet prints and bound together soon after publication by a Japanese collector, the prints have survived in superb condition. Almost without exception, they are fine impressions. They all show the brilliant colours typical of the period, when imported aniline dyes were being used to dramatic effect.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2005.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1864


Media categories

Print , Book


Materials used

colour woodcut; 'oban' triptych


Dimensions

36.0 x 73.0 cm image; 36.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 book


Signature & date

(right sheet) signed "Kunisada ga", Kiya Sojiro publisher's seal; (centre sheet) signed "Kunisada ga", Kiya Sojiro publisher's seal, carver's seal unidentified; (left sheet) signed "Kunisada ga", Kiya Sojiro publisher's seal, carver's seal unidentified.


Credit

James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

280.2005.15


Artist information

Utagawa KUNISADA

Works in the collection

12


Place

Where the work was made
Japan