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Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kunisada Tatoo Actor
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Japanese Edo period woodblock print by Toyokuni III (also known as Kunisada), depicting two tatoo covered actors portraying a fighting scene from the kabuki theater. The title cartouche at the upper right identifies the series as "Five Elements" (Gogyo no uchi). The upper left corner of the image holds the seal of the publisher Maruya Tokuzo, the date seal for 1860, and the signature "Toyokuni ga" within a red cartouche with yellow snow. The paper size is 14 1/8" x 9 3/4." Excellent impression quality with wood grain evident in the background. The overall condition is very good with some fading evident. There is a small margin at the top. The print is lightly album backed. The upper left corner is slightly thinned and there are two very narrow pieces of linen tape at the back upper margin.


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