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Picture Books of Amusements of Actors on the Three Floors: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
By the mid-18th century, Kabuki had become a major cultural force. In Edo alone, there were four (later, three) theaters that offered lengthy programs nearly every day. While images of actors in their costumed roles dominated earlier print production, by the late 18th century a new genre of ukiyo-e emerged that showed them offstage, in more intimate settings. For this book, from a two-volume set, the artist Utagawa Toyokuni supplied compositions featuring famous actors. The title, "Sankaikyo_" is a playful homonym of the name of a famous Buddhist sect, but also refers to the fact that typical dressing rooms in Kabuki theaters have three (san) floors (kai). This double page depicts such a dressing room.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009