Torri Kiyotada / Ichimura Takenojo IV as Kichiza / about 1718Torri Kiyotada
Ichimura Takenojo IV as Kichiza
about 1718

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Creator Name: Kiyotada, Torri
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: active 1718-1735
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Torri Kiyotada
Title: Ichimura Takenojo IV as Kichiza
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1716
Creation End Date: 1720
Creation Date: about 1718
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: hand-colored print
Dimensions: H.13-1/8 x W.6-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.1.28
Credit Line: Bequest of Richard P. Gale

Kiyotada belonged to the Torii school, founded by Kiyonobu Torii, whose artists were known for their lively depictions of Kabuki actors. Prints by Torii artists were often hand colored with red and yellow pigments made from lead and other inorganic (non-plant) materials.

During this early period, artists also developed a technique in which animal glue, called nikawa, was used to give black areas a lacquer-like luster. These prints were called urushi-e, literally "lacquer pictures," although lacquer is not actually used. Initially, artisans painted the nikawa glue over the black. Later, nikawa was mixed with the ink and then the mixture was printed on the paper. In this example, a raised or embossed pattern of flowers and leaves has also been impressed from the carved woodblock into the paper. The luster of the urushi-e and the embossed patterns may be seen more easily by viewing the print from an angle.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.1.28
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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