The character Okoma at Ōmori, between Shinagawa and Kawasaki

Kunisada was the most prolific and commercially successful of all woodblock print designers, producing over 20,000 designeduring his lifetime. Prints of Kabuki actors were his speciality. Here he portrays the actor Iwai Kumesaburō III in the female role of Okoma. Women were banned from acting in the Kabuki theatre and so female roles were taken by male actors specialized as female impersonators (onnagata).


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