Yakushae and Yakusha ehon 役者絵と役者絵本


Yakusha-e is a broad term encompassing prints and paintings of actors.  These may be images of actors on stage or in private life, but were most often created and/or published in relation to particular performances. Among the various types, some illustrate action on the stage (including direct depictions of performances, prints with actors' lines, analogues and imaginary performances [mitate-e]), others the theaters themselves (backstage images and perspective pictures [uki-e]), while still others depict the actors in private life.  Yakusha-e also includes such works as memorial portraits of actors (shini-e), board games (sugoroku) and cut-out toy prints (omocha-e).

GloPAD contains many yakushae actor prints. Search for "kabuki prints."

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Ichikawa Danjurō IX as Kagekiyo
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Yakusha ehon / 役者絵本

Picture books illustrating kabuki actors on stage and in their daily lives.

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(GloPAD images 1002991, 1002992, and 1002993

On GloPAD one can browse through the individual images and information from the three-volume work Ehon butai ogi. This book contains actor portraits and some pictures illustrating the inside and outside of a theatre. It was produced by Ippitsusai Bunchou and Katsukawa Shunsho.

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