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Miraculous Pictures by Ukiyo Matabei
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Miraculous Pictures by Ukiyo Matabei, late 1840s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 249 x 358 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 3/4 x 14 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 249 x 358 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 14 1/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7866

The actor Utaemon IV as Metebei with brush in hand, imagines a procession of ōtsu-e figures. Each figure is a caricature of a kabuki actor. Possibly a reproduction of a well-known color diptych by Kuniyoshi.