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Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kunisada Samurai Actor

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Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kunisada Samurai Actor
Early Japanese woodblock print by Kunisada, later known as Toyokuni III, depicting the actor Sawamura Gennosuke II (who used the name Gennosuke through 1831) protraying a samurai oppressing a peasant in a scene from kabuki theater. The lower right corner contains the signature "Gototei Kunisada ga," the seal of the publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (active circa 1793-1832), and the kiwame seal (used prior to 1842). Standard oban size measuring 14 5/8"V x 10"H. Very good impression quality with embossed highlights to the peasant's hat and the bottom of the samurai's robe (see enlargements 3 and 4). There are repaired binding holes along the right side, there is a tiny repair to the upper left corner, and there is an old restoration to the paper at the lower left. The paper is somewhat wrinkled and lightly discolored and there is some faint old foxing and soiling evident.

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