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Artist: Natori Shunsen (名取春仙)

Print: Kataoka Nizaemon XI [片岡仁左衛門] as Kakogawa Honzō [九段目本蔵] from Act 9 of the Chūshingura from the series Portriats of Male Actors in Various Roles [創作版画 春仙似顔集]

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Dates: created,1926
Dimensions: 10.5 in,15.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Kachijōsai Shunsen ga
梶蔦斎春仙画
Seal: Shun
Publisher's seal: Watanabe-kō (渡辺工)
Artist's seal in lower left margin: Natori

Related links: Harvard Art Museums; Waseda University; National Gallery of Australia;

Physical description:

This print is from an edition of 150.

There is another copy of this print in the Toledo Museum of Art.

Kakogawa Honzō is a figure from the Kanadehon Chūshingura ('Treasury of Loyal Retainers'). Honzō is described as 'wise and moderate', but he is the retainer of 'the impetuous Wakasanosuke'.

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Illustrated:

1. In color in Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., p. 79.

2. In a small black and white reproduction in Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, #138.

3. In color reproduction in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, p. 184. This book says the signature reads: Bichōsai Shunsen. This differs from what other authors say.

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There are other copies of this print in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Chazen Art Museum and the Pacific Art Museum.