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An Actor's Image in a Sake Cup

Artist:
Utagawa Toyoshige (Japanese, active 1802?–?1835)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1825
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Oban tate-e, 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (39.4 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jack Greene Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.715.5
Not on view
Toyoshige, also known as Toyokuni II, was a pupil and son-in-law of Utagawa Toyokuni (1769–1825). Since Toyoshige closely followed Toyokuni's late style, his works are often misidentified as his teacher's. A large red-lacquer sake cup at the upper right, balanced on a branch of plum blossoms and corresponding to a small sake cup that the woman is holding, reflects the image of a Kabuki actor.
Signature: The print bears the artist's signature Toyokuni ga ("painted by Toyokuni") which is accompanied by two censor seals also at the left.
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