Toyokuni III Utagawa, Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ichizo, Tattoo Design

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1865)
Title: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Dekiboshi no Sankichi
Series: Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Styles
Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro
Date: 1859
Size: 37.0 x 26.2 cm
Condition: Very light creases and a few spots.

'Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Styles' is a series by Toyokuni III featuring actors viewed as a reflection from a black and gold framed bronze mirror accompanied by a poem in their own hand. The background has a printed pattern imitating decorative, gold-flecked paper.


Ichikawa Ichizo III was a promising 19th century kabuki actor, able to perform a wide range of roles. An iconic event of his career happened in 1857 when a samurai who was watching Ichizo's performance was so caught up in the actions on stage, suddenly drew his sword and jumped on the stage to strike the actor. Thanks to this unexpected samurai brawl, the play was a huge success.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Ichikawa Ichizo III as Dekiboshi no Sankichi
Subject Samurai & Male, Kabuki, Tattoo
Dimensions 37.0 x 26.2 cm
Publisher Fujioka-ya Keijiro