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Title

Scene in the pleasure quarters with geisha playing the samisen , from an album of 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 'kabuki' actors

1864

Artist

Utagawa Kunisada

Japan

1786 - 1865

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1864
    Media categories
    Print , Book
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, '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", Yamamoto Kyubei publisher's seal, Katada Chojiro block carver's seal.

    Credit
    James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    280.2005.12
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Kunisada

    Works in the collection

    12

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

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