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An image of Agemaki by TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu

TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu

(Japan 1959 – )

Title
Agemaki
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
Year
1991
Media category
Print
Materials used
kappa stencil
Edition
7/8
Dimensions

73.0 x 80.0 cm image; 85.0 x 61.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Hiromitsu". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
465.1993
Copyright
© TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu
Location
Not on display
Further information

Agemaki was a leading courtesan in the Yoshiwara gay quarters of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) during the Edo period (1615-1867). She has been immortalised in the one-act Kabuki play Sukeroku, the name of the most famous dandy of Edo and the hero of Edo townsmen. Sukeroku and an evil samurai, the bearded Ikyu, contend over Agemaki in a comic and emotive play that is one of the so-called Kabuki Eighteen Favourites which were selected by the famous Danjuro line of actors. Typical of a high-ranking courtesan of the Yoshiwara district, Agemaki has an elaborate hairstyle and wears her obi tied at the front.

Takahashi was born in Kanagawa were he still lives. He was educated at Nihon University.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 99 (colour illus.). cat.no. 60

Exhibition history (1)

The Urban Bonsai: