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Portrait of Santô Kyôden (Kitao Masanobu)

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One of a set of two special prints possibly inspired by Sharaku's bust portraits of actors; the other print, not in the MFA, shows the famous chanter Tomimoto Buzendayû.


(this edition unsigned)


June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1795 (Kansei 7)

Catalogue Raisonné

Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #III-7; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eiri list, #4.2; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #55; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 471, list no. B2; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2322


Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.7 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper