Utagawa Toyokuni I.

Nakayama Tomisaburō without Make-Up from the book Actors on Both Sides of the Leaf, 1803

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This sheet shows the actor Nakayama Tomisaburo in private as he plays on a koto - a Japanese zither. The page is from a book for devotees of Kabuki theatre. Famous actors were presented in two aspects on facing pages: in one they would be wearing their costume on stage, whereas the other showed them without their make-up.

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