Unknown actor in the role of Yosaburō

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Unknown actor in the role of Yosaburō

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915

The Heroine Koman in Tanba Yosaku from Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

IHL Cat. #2161

About This Print

This print is one twelve small format prints created by Toyonari for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

This print pictures an unknown actor playing the role of Yosaburō in the play Kirare Yosa (Scarface Yosaburō), or some variant thereof. Yosaburō wears a scarf to conceal his face which has been mutilated by gangsters. The silver background of this print is impregnated with mica dust.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2161
 Title Unknown Actor in the role of Yosaburō
 Magazine Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年?編
 Artist 
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
 Signature 
Kōka 耕花



 Seal none
 Date 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light overall toning; removed from original mounting sheet
 Miscellaneous 
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (18.4 x 12.2 cm) 
 H x W Image 6 3/8 x 4 1/8 in. (16.2 x 10.5 cm)
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last update:
10/18/2019 created
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