Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)




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A large surimono which shows Danjuro VII in Shibaraku on a fan on the right. He did, in fact, perform Shibaraku in the 11th month kaomise performance at the Morita-za theatre in 1812 (which fits the style of Toyokuni’s signature). However, the rest of the design appears to be a program for a dance recital with the names of dances and below the names of Nagauta School musicians and Hayashi percussionists. This makes the exact reason for the print difficult to determine. Extremely rare: Possibly the only known impression.

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Slight surface soil and vertical fold (as usual), otherwise very good condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.

 

 

Status: Sold

 

 

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