Re: Woodblock of Actor


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Posted by Richard Illing on April 02, 1998 at 20:53:35:

In Reply to: Woodblock of Actor posted by Dr. Steven A. Machado on April 02, 1998 at 15:44:48:


: I lost the information that I had about this
: print. Anyone have a clue? And, is it worth anything?
: If it is I want to have it framed properly :)
: The black ink on this one is VERY black, doesn't show up well in the underexposed image.

You seem to have a fine replica of a Sharaku print first published in 1794 showing the actor Ichikawa Koamazo II in the role of the assassin Shiga Daishichi, slayer of Matsushita. The part occurs in the kabuki play Kataki-uchi Noriyaibanashi 'A medley of tales of revenge' in the scene Go taiheiki Shiraishi-banashi, a drama based on the revenge of two sisters for the death of their father Matsushita Mikinoshin, murdered by Shiga Daishichi. The play was performed in the fifth month of 1794. The original print has a dark mica ground. Replicas of many of Sharaku's prints abound. An original would command in excess of $250,000 in fine condition. A good replica should fetch c. $150. It is impossible to be exact from your internet picture but I would hazard a guess that yours is worth about $150. If I am wrong, you have my congratulations!


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