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Utagawa Kunisada Shirabyoshi Sakurako

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865

Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Nakamura Shikan IV as Shirabyoshi Sakurako
(Imayo oshi-e kagami: Shirabyoshi Sakurako)

deluxe printing, signed Toyokuni ga within his Toshidama cartouche, carver's mark hori Take (Yokokawa Takejiro), publisher's seal Shorindo (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), with combined censor and date seal Saru-uru, aratame (year of the monkey [1860], examined)

oban tate-e 15 1/2 by 10 7/8 in., 39.5 by 27.5 cm

The actor Nakamura Fukusuke I (Nakamura Shikan IV, 1831-1899) in the role of Shirabyoshi Sakurako, from the dance skit Edo-ganoko Ninin Dojo-ji from the finale of Part I of the play Yayoi-zakura Hisago no Makubari.

Reference:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession nos. 00.807 and 11.40949

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