Hokusai Katsushika, Sarugaku Theatre, Hokusai Manga

Hokusai - Sarugaku Theatre
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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Title: Sarugaku Theatre
Series: Hokusai Manga Volume 13
Publisher: Toheki-do
Published: 1814-1878
Size: 22.9 x 31.1 cm
Condition report: Binding holes. Thinning of paper in upper centre of right page.

This print is from the Hokusai Manga (sketches) series published in 15 volumes. The first volume of the series was intended as a drawing instruction manual but Hokusai almost immediately removed the text and republished the drawings alone. The series took Hokusai on an encyclopaedic venture, from seemingly insignificant depictions of everyday objects to spirits and historical figures.

This print depicts village people performing the play 'Narihira Mochi' (Narihara's Ricecakes). The play falls under the genre of 'sarugaku', literally 'monkey music', which preceded the elite Noh theatre. Narihara is a Japanese poet of the Heian period who is supposed to have inspired the romantic male figures of The Tale of Genji and The Tales of Ise.

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Print Format Double Page
Artist Name Hokusai Katsushika
Title Sarugaku Theatre
Subject Samurai & Male, Others
Dimensions 22.9 x 31.1 cm
Condition Report Binding holes. Thinning of paper in upper centre of right page.