Original Taisho era artist (unsigned) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kumadori Kabuki Makeup
Series; Anthology of One Hundred Kumadori, Utagawa Style, 1915
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Anthology of One Hundred Kumadori - Terrific woodblock print from a Taisho era series depicting kumadori, a distinctive type of kabuki makeup used for aragoto characters. Aragoto refers to an exaggerated style of acting used to depict heroic warriors, demons, or fierce gods. The bombastic style encompasses all elements of the role, including hair, makeup, dialogue, and costume. These striking designs depict bold and colorful makeup, often giving the characters a frightening or otherworldly appearance, with the name of the makeup in Japanese at upper right. Published by Engei Chinsho Kankou-kai in 1915, these images are a fantastic choice for a kabuki enthusiast or historian of theater.
Artist - Taisho era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 5 5/8" x 3 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges. Some prints have slight toning or soiling, or a couple spots. Please see photos for details.