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3 Actors Standing in Front of Wine Barrel
  • Utagawa Kunisada II
    1823–1880
    active: Japan
  • 3 Actors Standing in Front of Wine Barrel, 1862, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.2327.a,b,c
Description

Three actors in vivid costume standing in front of a wall of alcohol barrels. Barrels are decorated with calligraphy and ink drawings. Banner hangs at upper right of middle panel, upper left of right panel. Cartouches at upper left of center and left panel, upper right of right panel. Smaller cartouches at lower left of left panel, lower right of center and right panel. Actors appear to be standing on snow. Actor in left panel wears purple kimono with gold rope design, holds up one section to show green patterned interior of kimono. Center actor wears black kimono with blue, green, and red detailing. Actor in right panel wears kimono decorated with waves and alcohol barrels. All three hold or wear swords, and all three wear sandals.