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Artist: Natori Shunsen (名取春仙)

Print: Sawamura Gennosuke IV as Nikki Danjō in
The Precious incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai (Meiboku Sendai hagi)

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Dates: 1928,created
Dimensions: 10.75 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Taishidō Shunsen ga
('Green covered cave' Shunsen drawing)
Publisher's seal: Watanabe-kō (渡辺工)

Related links: Waseda University; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo - b & w; National Gallery of Australia; University of Michigan;

Physical description:

From an edition of 150.

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"Shunsen illustrates Sawamura Gennosuke IV, a senior actor of the 1920s, portraying the climactic moment when Nikki Danjō emerges from beneath the stage. The sorcerer holds a scroll in his mouth, and his forehead bears a fresh gash, to convey his transformation from the rat. The grey kimono mimics the color of the rat."

Quoted from: Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., p. 86.

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Illustrated:

1. In color in Stars of the Tokyo Stage by Lucie Folan, et al., on pages 18 and 87.

2. In a small black and white reproduction in Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, #161.

3. In color reproduction in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, p. 201.

4. In color in 名取春仙, 1991, p. 46.

There is another copy in the Toledo Museum of Art.