red and black outline of Kabuki-makeup, creating an abstract face with frowning eyebrows, high cheekbones, wide nose; upper lip only outlined; unmounted; white background; inscription at top

© Hanayagi Jusuke II

Face Imprint of Makeup for the Lion Spirit from the play "Kagamijishi", c. 1963-1970

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This is the actual face imprint of the makeup worn by the actor Hanayagi Jusuke II (1893-1970) for the role of the Lion Spirit in a performance of the play "The Lion Dance" (Kagamijishi 鏡獅子) that was staged in the 1960s. Such a face imprint, or oshiguma, is a unique memento that is not always done after a performance, but if so then there is just one per performance. In this case, after Jusuke II pressed his face on a piece of cloth and the makeup has been transferred, the actor added a poem and also his autograph.

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Title
Face Imprint of Makeup for the Lion Spirit from the play "Kagamijishi"
Artist Life
1893 - 1970
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.144.1
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red and black outline of Kabuki-makeup, creating an abstract face with frowning eyebrows, high cheekbones, wide nose; upper lip only outlined; unmounted; white background; inscription at top

© Hanayagi Jusuke II

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