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Reproduction Print: Nagoya-Sanza and Courtesan Katsuragi

SG$40.00

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Reproduction Print: Nagoya-Sanza and Courtesan Katsuragi

SG$40.00

Title: Actor Sawamura-Sojuro as Nagoya-Sanza and Actor Segawa-Kikunojo as Courtezan Katsuragi

Artist: Toshusai Sharaku, printers Tsutaya Juzaburo

Details: A reproduction print, mounted on white paper. Fine. Comes with a description in Japanese and English.

Size of print (excluding mounting): app. 38cm (L) by 25cm (W)

Size including mounting: app. 45cm (L) by 32cm (W)

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SKU: Courtesan-Katsuragi Category:

This was created in connection with the play “Keisei Sambon Karakasa” (Courtezan’s Three Umbrellas) staged at Miyakola in July 1794. This is one of the seven full-length double figure pictures in large sheets SHARAKU did during his second production period.

The play concerns the household disturbance of Shogun Ashikaga in the medieval age. The play’s principals—Nagoya Sanza and his favorite courtezan Katsuragi—are pictured in this unique composition.

Sojuro as Sanza stands and Segawa Kikunojo’s Katsuragi is seated, which imparts the picture a sense of stability. The multi-colored clothes of both figures are set off by the white-mica background, making this a resplendent Kabuki picture. The actors’ faces do not have the expressiveness of his first production period pieces, but a full-length figure taking in two figures in one sheet is something one cannot find in the first period and it gives one a chance to see SHARAKU’s versatile compositional power.