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Yamashita Kinsaku II in an Unidentified Role

A work made of color woodblock print; hosoban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; hosoban.


c. 1776


Katsukawa Shunko (Japanese, 1743-1812)

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This single print shows a dancer performing a sequence within a Kabuki play performed at the Nakamura Theater in Edo (now Tokyo) in 1773. It tells the story of a young warrior out viewing maple leaves at the height of autumn. He meets a beautiful stranger who is really a mountain demon in disguise. The actor portraying her is holding up a demon (hannya) mask. This print is by Katsukawa Shunkō, Katsukawa Shunshō’s pupil.


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Katsukawa Shunkо̄


Yamashita Kinsaku II in an Unidentified Role


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; hosoban


31.4 × 15.1 cm (12 3/8 × 5 15/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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