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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.




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.


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Arts of Asia


Sekino Jun’ichirō


Eizo and Matsuomaru


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1948–1958


Color woodblock print


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

Credit Line

Japanese Print Purchase Fund

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