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Title

Agemaki

1991

Artist

Takahashi Hiromitsu

Japan

1959 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    kappa stencil (kappazuri) on paper
    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
    Copyright
    © TAKAHASHI Hiromitsu

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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