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Title

Agemaki


Artist

TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu

Japan

1959 -


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

465.1993


Artist information

TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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