Shin Hanga prints


  Design: Ōta Masamitsu (18921975)  
  Title: 9 Ōboshi Ichikawa Sadanji III  
  Series title: Gendai Butai Geika  
  Size: 37.4 x 24.7 cm (dai ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ota Masamitsu Gendai Butai Geika 9 Oboshi Ichikawa Sadanji III

Enlargement


Special effects: burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the actor’s hair.

Published by Banchōrō in 1955.

Artist’s signature in left area of the print:

Ota Masamitsu Seal

in which the kanji read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
masa elegance  
mitsu light Masamitsu

Series and print title, and publisher’s name in bottom margin of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
gen present  
dai age  
bu dance  
tai pedestal  
gei acting  
ka flower Modern stage performance
       
Ō large  
boshi age Ōboshi
       
san three  
dai pedestal  
me acting Third generation
       
ichi market  
kawa river  
sa left  
dan group Ichikawa Sadanji III
ji next as Ōboshi
       
ban turn  
chō butterfly  
watchtower  
possess  
han edition Copyright Banchōrō
       
mi(tsu) three  
yake house  
plow  
hiru daytime  
hall  
suru rub  
suru printing Miyake Kōdokudō printing

Followed by the number “39” embossed in the paper.

For pictures of the original presentation folder and leaflet with more information on the print and on kabuki actor Ichikawa Sadanji III, see Serge Astières’s website here, where you will also find that the blocks were carved by Itō Susumu (伊 藤進) and printed by Satō Ritsuzō (佐藤 律三).


Provenance: Yahoo Japan Auction

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