Ohan and Chōemon


Ohan and Chōemon
Print   (Part of the set: Masterpiece Ukiyo-e Collection - Part 2)

Tōshusai Sharaku


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


The kabuki actors Bandō Hikosaburō III, pictured in the role of Obiya Chōemon, and Iwai Hanshirō IV, pictured in the role of Shinanoya Ohan, feature in this print by Sharaku of a scene from the kabuki play Nihonmatsu Michinoku Sodachi (二本松陸奥生長, "The Countryman from Nihonmatsu in the North"). The print is thought to have been originally produced in 1794–95. There is very delicate karazuri blind-embossing or nunomezuri (the technique of blind-embossing a pattern using a piece of cloth affixed to a woodblock) on the white under-layer of the standing figure's costume in this reproduction. Another highlight of the print is the kirazuri mica background.

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