Kunichika, Kabuki Portrait of Kataoka Gado

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Comparison of Flowers and the Twelve Months: November, 1880. Oban.

This handsome woodblock print is by Toyohara Kunichika. It is from a series comparing flowers and the twelve months of the year. This print is for November and the flower illustrated in the background is an orchid. The foreground picture is of the actor Kataoka Gado in the role of the Yakko, Ranpei. A Yakko was a footman serving a high ranked samurai, often having an important role in kabuki, helping the hero or the villain. Yakko costumes were always colourful and often accompanied by distinctive make-up.

A fine impression with embossing, excellent colour and excellent impression. Full sized.