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Print by Katsukawa Shunsen: Hitomoto of Daimonji House Playing a Shakuhachi, represented by Childs Gallery

Katsukawa Shunsen

Japanese (1762-1830)

Hitomoto of Daimonji House Playing a Shakuhachi
Color woodblock

From the series “Parodies of Puppet Plays.” Signed on block right center: “Shunsen ga”; title and other information inscribed on block upper left and upper right. Kiwame censor seal right center. Publisher’s seal right center: Wakasaya Yoichi. A fine oban impression in fine condition aside from light staining in corners and general light paper wear and toning, with no margins.

In this print, the courtesan Hitomoto of Daimonji-ya imitates a scene in the ninth act of Chushingura. As indicated in the inset upper right, this scene involves a komuso, or a travelling monk who plays a shakuhachi with his face hidden by a large hat in order to earn money.

Signature: signed on block