Album of Actor Portraits

c. 1790–1810
Location: not on view
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This album contains paintings of Kabuki actors who performed in the city of Osaka.


The paintings in this album show Kabuki actors costumed for their roles in a variety of plays. The characters are identified in the paper cartouches affixed to the paintings. While each painting is on silk that has been pasted into the album, the poems on some of the facing pages have been written in ink directly onto the page.
Album of Actor Portraits

Album of Actor Portraits

c. 1790–1810


Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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