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Album of Actor Portraits

Album of Actor Portraits

c. 1790–1810

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Shōrakusai 松楽斎

(Japanese)

Accordion-style album; ink and color on silk mounted on paper and ink on paper

Album, opened: 28.1 x 42 cm (11 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

Kelvin Smith Fund 1988.105

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This album contains paintings of Kabuki actors who performed in the city of Osaka.

Description

The paintings in this album show Kabuki actors costumed for their roles in a variety of plays. The characters are identified in the paper cartouches affixed to the paintings. While each painting is on silk that has been pasted into the album, the poems on some of the facing pages have been written in ink directly onto the page.

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