Utagawa School Painting of Actor with Tattoo
Title: Actor With Tattoo Dreaming of a Festival
Date: ca. 1850s
Small but skillful watercolor painting of a tattooed man looking over his shoulder. He seems to be a kabuki actor portraying a laborer who plays a role during an important festival. In a cloudlike inset behind him we see the peak of Mount Fuji and what look like floats for a major festival, perhaps the Sanno Festival. His arms have flower tattoos. He holds a towel on his shoulders and seems to be considering his next move. Perhaps its is a memory he is calling to mind or he is planning something for the festival day. Often the brash young heroes in kabuki plays wore neck towels flamboyantly tied and displayed.Condition: Very good condition. Laid down onto backing sheet.
Dimensions: 22.5 x 11.2 cm plus margins