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Kiyoko in the role of Akagashi Mitsue

Ennosuke in the role of the exiled king and Tōzō in the role of warrior priest Kōku

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kiyoko in the role of Akagashi Mitsue

(in an adaptation for stage of the novel

The Gold Demon)

by Ishii Hakutei, 1915

Inbanuma from the series Japan Scenery Prints, Set. 4: Shimōsa District

IHL Cat. #1373

About This Print

This print is one of seven small format prints created by Hakutei for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. This print appeared in issue 3 of the magazine published in August 1915.

This print features the actress Hisamatsu Kiyoko* in the role of Akagashi Mitsue in an adaptation for stage of the novel Konjiki Yasha 金色夜叉 (The Gold Demon) by Ozaki Kōyō (1868-1903). 

I have seen the actress in this print identified as Shimoyama Kiyoko, but I believe this is incorrect. Shimoyama Kiyoko was a pioneering female journalist of the period, not an actress.  Hisamatsu Kiyoko (b. 1886, nee Iwamoto Misako) was a stage and screen actress of the time, active in the Shin kokugeki (New Theater) movement. 

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.

* Her name is also seen written as Hisabatsu Kiyoko (which I believe is incorrect) and her given name is  seen written as Kyoko, Kyōko and Kiyōko.

Hisamatsu Kyoko in the 1925 movie Onshū no kanata ni (Beyond Love and Hate). 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1373
 Title Kiyoko [in the role of] Akagashi Mitsue 
 赤樫満枝 (京子) 
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 3 新似顔 第一年
 Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958)
 No signature on print. 石井柏亭 畫 Ishii Hakutei ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to (see Miscellaneous below)
柏 "
haku" seal lower left corner
 Date August 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver and Printer Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tipped to original magazine page; light toning
 Miscellaneous title and artist name, appearing on bottom of presentation page
 赤樫満枝 (京子) Akagashi Mitsue (Kiyoko)
石 井柏亭 畫 Ishii Hakutei ga
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 5/16 x 4 3/4 in. (18.6 x 12.1 cm)
 H x W Image 6 9/16 x 4 1/4 in. (16.7 x 10.8 cm) 
 Collections This Print Honolulu Museum of Art 31833; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.3 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-03 (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature
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