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Yaozō in the role of Kiyomasa


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yaozō in the role of Kiyomasa

by Matsuda Seifū, 1915

IHL Cat. #231

About This Print

One of fourteen prints by the artist that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. This print appeared in the 4th issue published in October 1915 and portrays the actor Ichikawa Yaozō VII in the role of Kiyomasa in the production of Zōho momoyama monogatari at the Hongō-za.  

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

The Actor in the Print

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/chusha7.php
The actor Ichikawa Yaozō VII, also known as Ichikawa Chūsha VII, who was born c. 1860 and died in 1936.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #231
 Title/Description The actor [Ichikawa] Yaoz in the role of Kiyomasa
清正 Kiyomasa (
八百蔵) Yaozō
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 4 新似顔 第一年四編
 Matsuda Seifū (1880-1978)

 畫 Matsuda Seifū ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to.
 Seal Artist's 青 "Ao" seal (as shown above)
 Date October 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver and Printer Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (18.1 x 10.8 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.4 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-04  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature
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