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Woodblock print - The Kabuki Actors Iwai Shijaku I and Bando Jutaro
  • The Kabuki Actors Iwai Shijaku I and Bando Jutaro
    Shunbaisai Hokuei
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The Kabuki Actors Iwai Shijaku I and Bando Jutaro

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1832 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shunbaisai Hokuei (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodblock print on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DR10, box JP2

Physical description

Print depicting two kabuki actors. The right hand figure has emerged from a cave and is dressed in black robes edged in red and green and tied with a dark blue sash with some gold decoration. Under the figure's left arm is a sword and with their right hand they shine a light on the second figure. This figure wears a blue and white striped cloak with pink lining over a short grey checked robe tied with a blue and white striped sash. With his right hand he holds a large disc in front of his face to shield himself from the light shining on him. Both the left and right corners of the print are inscribed with text and stamped with red seals.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1832 (made)


Shunbaisai Hokuei (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Woodblock print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Shunkôsai Hokuei'


Height: 37.2 cm, Width: 50.5 cm

Descriptive line

The Kabuki Actors Iwai Shijaku I and Bando Jutaro. Woodblock print by Shunbaisai Hokuei.




Woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Theatre, Kabuki




East Asia Collection

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