Kunisada: Tattooed Actors Triptych

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Tattooed Actors Triptych
Date: 1863

Edo spirited men of Hanagasa Festival (Edo kiyû matsuri no hanagasa). Portraits of nine famous Kabuki actors wearing Hanagasa festival costumes. Hana means flower, gasa or kasa means a conical hat for dance performance. Two of them are carrying hats on the back of their shoulders. Several of the actors sport shoulder tattoos. These famous actors wear happi-coats with the names of the house to which they belong. For example, at the very left top, he carries „Narikoma-ya“ , from left the second actor in the front row carries „Kinokuni-ya“.

Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Sheets are attached and backed. Minor trimming.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Hirano-ya
Seal: carver’s seal of Hori Ôta Tashichi
Signature: Ôju nanajû-hachi-nen Toyokuni hitsu (Ordered at the age of 78)