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  • Japanese Kabuki Theater depicting  two otoko-date, or Edo period bullies, maintaining their power-base. Archival Limited Edition Giclee from original  prints by Alexandre Iacouleff. Art Deco inspired. www.historyrevisited.com.au

Giclee Art Deco Kabuki Iacouleff Japanese otokodate 1930s


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Theater, Theatre, Art Deco, Le Kabuki Japonais, Alexandre Iacouleff, Otoko-date, 1938, Giclee

Plate 24) The actor Onoue Kirkugoro is acting the role of Tatsugoro, a vigorous and faithful otoko-date, leader of a high profile organization. He is the principal character in the play "Magumi No Kenka" in which he must resolve a building conflict with an equally powerful organization. Dressed in a rich tan cloke and white head wrap that covers his mouth, Tatsugoro, has his right hand flexed ready to strike. An accomplice scowls over his right shoulder. Both men have eye makeup applied to amplify their menacing intentions.

Print Size = 28 x 38 cm / 11 1/6 x  15 1/6 inches

Issued with Archival Limited Edition Certificate

Otoko-date were akin to street thugs in popular Edo period literature, theater, and everyday culture in the early Tokugawa shogunate, that lasted from 1600 to 1868. They were closely related to the machiyakko. This was an era of urban and economic development. It was important to maintain neighborhood power which was achieved by using bullying and violent tactics.




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art deco:
Alexandre Iacouleff

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