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Kataoka Nizaemon XI in the role of Gonpachi

Ennosuke in the role of the exiled king and Tōzō in the role of warrior priest Kōku

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kataoka Nizaemon XI in the role of Gonpachi

by Ishii Hakutei, 1915

Inbanuma from the series Japan Scenery Prints, Set. 4: Shimōsa District

IHL Cat. #1979

About This Print

This print is one of seven small format prints created by Hakutei for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. This print appeared in issue 2 published in July 1915.

This print features the actor Kataoka Nizaemon XI in the role of Gonpachi likely in the play Kamiko Jitate Ryōmen Kagami.

The orange cartouche in the upper right of the print reads 白井権八 (Shirai Gonpachi) and the yellow cartouche reads 仁左衛門 (Nizaemon).

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1979
 Title Nizaemon in the roll of Gonpachi 権八 仁左衛門 
as printed on original presentation sheet
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 2 新似顔 第一年
 Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958)
亭 筆 Hakutei hitsu

石井柏亭 畫 Ishii Hakutei ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to
no seal
 Date July 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver and Printer Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (new prints) nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/16 x 4 3/4 in. (17.9 x 12.1 cm)
 H x W Image 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (15.9 x 11.4 cm) 
 Collections This Print Honolulu Museum of Art 27496; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.2 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University  BM-SJ193-02  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
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