Actor Segawa Kikujirō I as Senju-no-mae
Torii Kiyomasu II
Woodblock print on paper with watercolor and lacquer
13 3/16 x 6 1/8 in. (33.5 x 15.5 cm) (show scale)
Publisher: Iseya Jisuke.
Torii Kiyomasu (鳥居清倍)
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Torii Kiyomasu II (Japanese, 1706-1750). Actor Segawa Kikujirō I as Senju-no-mae, ca. 1731-1740. Woodblock print on paper with watercolor and lacquer, 13 3/16 x 6 1/8 in. (33.5 x 15.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 16.532 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.532_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
overall, 16.532_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Urushie: lacquer print with color applied by hand
Condition: badly repaired at corners, stained, rubbed, soiled
Signature: Torii Kiyomasu II
Remarks: Publisher: Iseya
The print combines several techniques: it is printed in black ink, then printed again to apply black lacquer on the actor's sash (this is now lifting up in places), then color was applied by hand to select areas.
The story of Senju-no-mae was popular in Kabuki and elsewhere. After falling in love with a doomed warrior, the courtesan takes refuge in a Buddhist monastery.
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