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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Special stage effects were devised to enhance certain kabuki scenes, especially those involving magic and transformations. This print by Toyokuni, who was famous as a designer of actor prints, shows the actor Onoe Eizaburo I (1784-1849) as the villain, Tenjiku Tokubei, who learned toad sorcery. Here he forms a magical gesture with his hands as he stands behind a giant, fire-breathing toad. Despite damage at the bottom, this print projects a powerful image of a spectacular scene.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 34, pp. 120-121.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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- Google Cultural Institute
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Copyright with museum