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    Woodblock print.Music, dance and drama. A sambaso dancer accompanied by a boy playing a tsuzmi.

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    • 1735-1785 (artist)
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        Kiyomitsu, Torii
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    After the 'invention' of the pillar-print by Masanobu (case 13), the format became increasingly slender and the compositions more daringly cropped. The suggeston of movement in the auspicious sambaso dance here, for instance, is enhanced by the sense of the boy coming stamping into the picture. (Label copy, TTC, 1998)


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    • Waterhouse 1964 70(b/w) bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 BW 14 bibliographic details
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