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Three Kyōgen Dancers

Artist:
Kawanabe Kyōsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
late 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
6 x 10 1/4 in. (15.2 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.119.6
Not on view
This appears to be a preliminary drawing by Kyōsai for a painting of kyōgen (humorous dramatic) performance. The annotations are also in the artist’s hand, giving instructions how to color or finish off the drawings. The partial seal in the upper right corner is that of his pupil Mano Kyōtei (Yasokichi, 1874/5–1937) who assisted him on many projects and inherited many Kyōsai drawings.
Inscription: (various; scattered)

Marking: Red seal stamped on upper edge
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