Holding up a Mask by H - Japanese Woodblock Prints - Various Artists
Holding up a Mask
35.8 x 71.5 cm (Three Sheets)
A scene from a kabuki play performed at the Morita Theatre showing actors Ichikawa Sadanji I as one of the Five Musicians (Gonin bayashi, R) and Sawamura Tosshô II as Takasago (who is holding up a Mask in the central panel) 「五人ばやし 市川左団次」 （初代） 「高砂 沢村訥升」（二代目）, Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Published by Gusokuya Kahei, Censor's seal: Snake 1 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印：巳正改 彫師：なし, 1869, Signed Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆. Very good impression and colours, burnishing in the black cap and gauffrage (`karazuri`) in the white hair. Three seperate panels, backed, two small holes repaired slight soiling at rubbing on the top edge, excellent condition overall.