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Maker(s):Binnie, Paul
Culture:Scottish (1967- )
Title:Tattooed Man (reimagined work for unidentified Utagawa School artist’s Kakemono-e, 1867, gift of William Green, 2005.1019)
Date Made:2015
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Measurements:14 3/8 x 9 7/8"
Accession Number:  AC 2015.34.1
Credit Line:Purchase with William W. Collins (Class of 1953) Print Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Though the original lower panel is unsigned, it is most likely a vertical two-panel portrait, or kakemono-e, of a kabuki actor made by Kunisada III. In the upper panel, the tattoos reference the work of the Torii School, a group of painters and printmakers in Japan who were also the preeminent signmakers for kabuki theater. Throughout his career Binnie has experimented with tattoos, layering images from Edo-period (1600–1868) ukiyo-e prints onto nude or seminude figures. The process of applying the tattoos onto the previously printed ground of human skin also references the creative overprinting techniques refined throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Ukiyo-e; men; weapons; swords; tattoos; fighting; mythology; warriors

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1 Related Objects

AC 2005.1019
Unknown (School of Utagawa)
Kakemono-e - lower half (possible partial portrait of Kabuki actor)
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