Re: Dating Kabuki Prints

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Posted by he;len on March 30, 2003 at 06:57:45:

In Reply to: Dating Kabuki Prints posted by Papa Jean on March 29, 2003 at 02:25:26:

: Pardon, but could someone in the know please tell me how one dates a kabuki print? I mean of course a kabuki print without date seal. How does one determine the play and the performance? Is there a book that cross references role names to play names? And then what book does one use to determine when the play was performed? Merci!
the theatrical world of osaka prints by By Roger Keyes and Keiko Mizushima. By the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This book contains a collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese Woodblack prints, which can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. 250 black and white illustrations and 10 color plates. 334 pages. Actors in the Kabuki theater were represented in woodcuts by artists who printed their portraits and depicted their exploits. A group of artist based in Osaka were chiefly reponsible for most of the Kabuki prints that exist today. These are the prints represented in a major exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1973 and are the prints found in this book.

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