Ichikawa Danjūrō VII in a Shibaraku Role Confronting the Catfish Priest

Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 Japanese
Shōtei Hokuju 昇亭北寿 Japanese

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This painted and inscribed folding fan encapsulates the intersection of Kabuki and the literary salon culture surrounding kyōka (witty thirty-one-syllable poems) of early nineteenth-century Edo. A spontaneously brushed composition, it was no doubt created impromptu by a pair of artists and a pair of poets at a shogakai 書画会, or “calligraphy and painting gathering,” which were in great vogue in cities around Japan from the late eighteenth- through the late nineteenth centuries.

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