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actors portraits
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
    born: Takada, Echigo province (present-day Niigata prefecture), Japan ; active: Japan
  • actors portraits, circa 1870, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: overall: 701 x 355 mm (irregular)
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: overall: 27 5/8 x 14 in (irregular)
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.326.a,b,c

a: Left section. There is a red circle in the upper left corner. Inside the circle is a bust of an actor. There is a three quarter length portrait of an actor, wearing a green and white robe with blue flowers. The actor is holding a red ribbon(?) in their left hand. The ribbon extends off the page on the right.

b: Center section. There are two actors. The actor in the front is wearing a red robe with multicolored flowers. He is holding the same red ribbon that was in the left section, with his proper right hand. The actor in the back is wearing a gold robe. This actor is holding a sword in his proper right hand.

c: Right section. In the upper right section is a red circle. Inside the circle is a bust of an actor wearing a purple robe. There is also a three quarter length portrait of actor, wearing a multi-patterned robe. He is holding the end of the ribbon that was in the other two sections.