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Eizo and Matsuomaru

A work made of color woodblock print.

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  • A work made of color woodblock print.

Date:

1953

Artist:

Sekino Jun’ichiro
Japanese, 1914-1988

About this artwork

Sekino Junichiro was drawn to the stage, as evidenced by this print from a series showing bunraku (puppet-theater) performances. Here, the puppeteer Yoshida Eizo handles the puppet Matsuomaru, a medieval warrior. The drawing was likely produced or based on one made during the performance. A sketch similar to the drawing might have been pasted onto the woodblock and then carved through. Once a woodblock is inked, a sheet of paper is placed face down over it and rubbed from the back to pick up the color. Using this method, the sketches or drawings for prints are mirror images of the finished product, as in this case.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Sekino Jun’ichirō

Title

Eizo and Matsuomaru

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 1948–1958

Medium

Color woodblock print

Dimensions

55.5 × 66.8 cm (21 13/16 × 26 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Japanese Print Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1955.1215

Extended information about this artwork

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