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KOKEI, Tsuruya (born 1946) The actor, Ichikawa Danjuro XII performing 'Nirami', during 'Kojo' announcement
From: Kabuki-za okubi-e series no. 5: 'Six selection of aragoto'

Artist' seal:                  Kokei-no in
Date:                            October 1985
Size:                              dai-oban (c. 39 x 26.5 cms / c. 15.3" x 10.5")

Hand-numbered: #26. Limited edition of  54 impressions only.

EXCELLENT impression and color. MINT.
Printed on the extremely delicate ganpi paper.
Pls. note: the color bleed along the actor's right outline is found in all known
impressions of this particular design, - see col. ill. in the catalog referred to below.

ref. no.: #702580
- SOLD -

Tsuru-ya Kokei is the official artist of the Kabuki-za ('-Theater') in Tokyo and only started his career as a woodblock print artist in 1978. Unlike earlier ukiyo-e artists, Kokei does his own carving and printing. He uses the extremely delicate ganpi paper for his work. After a limited number of prints has been made, Kokei destroys the blocks by carving his name across them (see picture at right):

Most of his prints are bust portraits reminiscent of the type developed by Sharaku in the late 18th century.
On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Kabuki-za in 1988, the Pacific Asia Musuem, Pasadena, Ca., honored Kokei with a major exhibition of his work:

Reference catalog:
The 100th Anniversary of the Kabuki-za Theater - TSURUYA KOKEI: Kabuki Actor Prints; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA., USA, 1988;
cat. no.#33, col.ill. p.49, list no.#79, p.96.

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