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- Ushiro-men (A Dance "Ushiro-men") -

Bunchō (active 1764 - 1781)


The beautiful woodblock print "Ushiro-men" (A Dance "Ushiro-men") is by Bunchō (Ippitsusai Bunchō). Originally produced in 1769, this is a re-carved edition, published by The National Museum in Showa 22 nen (1947). It depicts the actor 'Yamashita Kyonosuke' with Ushiro-men (Back-mask) in the Fox Dance from the Drama "The Thousand Cherry Trees." The artist's signature and a red seal in the lower right.

*The term "Ushiro-men" in Kabuki dance refers to the practice of attaching a mask to the back of the performer's head, allowing them to portray two different roles by themselves.

A small caption is attached to the verso. It states: Published by The National Museum, Supervisor's name: Toyohisa Adachi, Carver's name: Maeda, Printer's name: Komatsu, Title, artist name, and dated "Showa 22 nen 6 gatsu" (June in 1949).

Technique: Woodblock
Print size: 6 x 13 inches (15.3 x 32.8 cm)
Image size: 5 and 3/4 x 12 and 1/8 inches (14.6 x 30.6 cm)
Printed: Re-carved edition, printed in 1949
Signed: The artist's signature in the lower right.
Condition: Very good condition with very minor paper toning.  (This print originally has thin margins, not trimmed.)


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