Japanese Edo Woodblock Print Kunisada Tattoo Knife Moon
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1123075
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|Japanese Edo period woodblock print by Toyokuni III (also known as Kunisada), depicting a heavily tattoed actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Omatsuri Sashichi in a scene from kabuki theater. The cartouche at the upper right holds the series and image title "Mitate Tsuki Zukushi: Musashi no Tsuki" (Collection of the Full Moon Parodied: The Moon over Musashi). The lower left corner of the image holds the seal of the publisher Heirindo, the censor/date seals for 1856, and the signature "Toyokuni ga" within a red cartouche with yellow snow. The paper size is 13 7/8"V x 9 5/8"H. Very good overall condition with a small margin at the top. The print is not backed and the baren marks are clearly visible on the reverse. There are tiny binding holes at the right side and fade lines faintly evident at both sides. The small white drips at the upper right appear to be a printing anomaly.|