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The Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (1810-1863) as Kumokiri Nizaemon, from the series "Thieves in Designs of the Time"

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Asian Art

MEDIUM Color woodblock print on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 1859
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 14 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (36.8 x 25.1 cm)
    MARKINGS Censor seal, engraver's seal, publisher's seal.
    SIGNATURE Artist's signature: Toyokuni ga (red cartouche, lower left)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 76.151.28
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Page from the series entitled "Jidai Mo Iu Ataru Shiranami" in Japanese series ("Notorious Thieves of the Day"). The thief Kumokiri Nin Sayeimon (?) shown seated on a wood chest with a smoking pipe in his mouth, a tabacco pouch in his right hand and his left hand drawn across his chest to hold a tie-dyed cloth at the back of his neck. The figure is dressed in a short dark coat with a design of a rampant dragon and wears thongs on his feet. Condition: Good. Needed to be rematted, but was rematted on 6/1/79.
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