Kawanabe Kyosai: Dance of the Long-Nosed Goblins (Sold)

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Artist: Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)
Title: Dance of the Long-Nosed Goblins.
Series: Shinpan kage zukushi (Newly Published Collection of Shadow Pictures.)
Date: 1867

Long-nosed goblins dance with abandon, accompanied by a shamisen player who is obviously belting it out lower right and a drummer at bottom. The details and humor that shine forth in this print using only shadows is a testament to Kyosai’s genius. This series features a Magic Lantern that would rotate above a candle flame and project images of these yokai spinning around the room. Very scarce.

Condition: Excellent impression, very good color and condition. Left margin is small.
Dimensions: ôban (35.3 x 25 cm)
Publisher: Daikokuya Kinnosuke and Kinjiro
Literature : See “This is Kyosai!” (2017), page 180, number 149. See “Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyosai”, pg. 246 number 156.