- Museum number
- Object: Yakusha awase kagami 役者相猊鏡 (A Mirror of Actors Compared)
Illustrated book, print. Vol. 1 of two volumes. Half-length portraits of kabuki actors with 'kyoka' poems. Colour woodblock-printed.
- Production date
Height: 26.70 centimetres
Width: 18.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
One of the outstanding books devoted to Kabuki actors, here depicted half-length in the style in which Toyokuni scored some of his most striking successes in single-sheet form. The preservation of the colours in this copy is remarkable.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, p. 155.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
'Kabuki Heroes of the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830'
British Museum, 30th Jun-15th Sep 2005
Osaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan, 1st Oct-23rd Nov 2005
Waseda Daigaku Tsubouchi-Hakushi Kinen Engeki Hakubutsukan, 1st Dec 2005-23rd Jan 2006
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.200 (Hillier no.)