1 The mask maker's name is also seen written as Kagose Akaemon and Gagoze Akaemon.
http://www.naritaya.jp/english/compendium/18_02.html and Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/nanatsu_men.php
Nanatsumen is about the Noh mask-maker Kagose Akaemon, in reality Awazu Rokurō Saemon, who removes various masks from their boxes, dancing their parts. He discovers a stolen scroll hidden in the mouth of the last mask (the seventh one), the mask of an evil character. He gives back the precious scroll to its legitimate owner, Yoshida no Shōshō. In the play’s first performance, Danjūrō II used quick-change techniques to portray each of the masks.
"The Kabuki Eighteen," a collection of plays established by Ichikawa Danjūrō VII, stresses the special aragoto acting art of the Danjūrō line. In the Meiji period other acting families began to gather their most successful plays into similar collections. See the Title Page from the series The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Juhachiban) for a list of the plays.
| IHL Catalog
|Title or Description|| Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Kakoyo Akaemon in the play Nanatsumen (Seven Masks)
九世市川団十郎 賀古屋赤右衛門 七ツ面
|Series|| The Kabuki Eighteen (Kabuki Jūhachiban) |
|Artist||Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941)|
Tadakiyo hitsu 忠清筆 followed by Garaku 画楽 seal
|Seal||画楽 Garaku seal (see above)|
|Publication Date|| November 8, 1895 (Meiji 28) 明治廿八年十一月八日
|Publisher|| 長谷川寿美 Hasegawa Sumi [Marks: seal 25-406 長谷川寿美; publisher ref. 102]
|| 彫工弥太 Horikō Yata
|Printer||摺工大亀 Surikō Ōkame|
|Condition|| good - not backed; soiling throughout; binding holes left margin
|Genre|| ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
|Miscellaneous|| embossing throughout
|Format|| vertical oban
| H x W Paper
|| 14 1/2 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm)
| Collections This Print
||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.53.9; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5721-C008-13; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0135 and 201-0156 and 201-0173 and 201-0187; National Gallery of Australia NGA 98.50.6; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon MWJ51:T105|