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Artist: Utagawa Yoshitaki (歌川芳滝)

Painting: Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (?) probably as Tenjiku Tokubei
wearing a robe decorated with toads

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Dates: available,1870s
Dimensions: 8.25 in,10.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Painting in gouache and watercolor in ink

Related links: Lyon Collection - Toyokuni III triptych on the theme of Tenjiku Tokubei;Lyon Collection - Toyokuni III of Tokubei on an origami toad;

Physical description:

Attributed to Utagawa Yoshitaki. This painting is a depiction of Ichikawa Danjūrō in the role of a villain with a large wig and a kimono with toads. This may be a role from the kabuki drama "Jiraiya" and represents the evil toad wizard. This painting is in gofun pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, with black lacquer on the armor and silver on the neck area. The toad pattern is particularly skillful, with the purple shadows of the frogs alternating with brown and white toads.