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Maker(s):Katsukawa Shunkō
Culture:Japanese (1743–1812)
Title:Untitled [Kabuki Actor and Monkey]
Date Made:ca. 1780
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 11 1/16 in x 5 3/16 in; 28.1 cm x 13.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.701
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

hosoban with some trimming along right margin; yakusha-e

Label Text:
Based on the actor's crest, he hails from the Ōtani line of actors, and is probably Ōtani Tokuji I, who held the name from 1770 unitl his death in 1807. He was also renowned for his dōkeyaku ("buffoon roles") performances. Monkeys, especially those that dance, and their trainers appear in many different kabuki plays. The play from which this portrait is taken has yet to be identified.

animals; figures; actors; rivers; water; fashion; men; monkeys; landscapes

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