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Actor Sawamura Sōjurō III in kamishimo
A 16627
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an interesting portrait of the actor - the leader of the Katsukawa School. One of the prints from the Katsukawa Shun´ei's early career shows a representative portrait of the actor – yakushae, whom the artist specialized in. He was also famous for his witty sketches and caricatures which is also confirmed on the actor´s face in this print. The print is remarkable also because of the fact the print was part of S. Bouška´s collection.

History of the Object
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Type
Print 
Materials
print on paper 
Measurements
Width 14.6 cm Height 31.8cm  
Creator name
Katsukawa Shun´ei, signed Shun´ei ga 
Creator date
1762 - 1819 
Where it was made
Japan; Edo 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; about 1771 
Function
 
Acquisition
It was purchased in 1986 (originally a part of Sigismund Bouška collection). 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic  
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
It was originally part of Sigismund Bouška collection. S.Bouška (1867–1942), a Benedictine priest who was a painter, a graphic artist, a poet, and a writer. He was also a connoisseur of Japanese woodblock prints. He held an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints in Prague as early as 1913. Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic.  

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