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    Woodblock print, chuban diptych. The actors Arashi Rikan III as Ono no Tofu (right) and Kataoka Ichizo I as Daroku (left) in the play 'Ono no Tofu aoyagi suzuri' performed at the Wakadayu Theatre, Osaka in the 7th month, 1848. Signed and inscribed.

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    • 1848 (7th month)
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    • Height: 26.6 centimetres (right sheet)
    • Width: 19.6 centimetres (right sheet)
    • Height: 26.8 centimetres (left sheet)
    • Width: 19.6 centimetres (left sheet)
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        Kunimasu ga
      • Inscription Comment

        signature, R. & L.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

        [Ono no] Tofu
      • Inscription Comment

        role, right
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      • Inscription Transliteration

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        role, left
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        Hori-ko Uchida Torazo
      • Inscription Comment

        engraver's mark
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    • Associated Title: Ono no Tofu aoyagi suzuri (play)
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