Japanese Print Description
Sawamura Tanosuke III with Astrolabe looking at the Stars
Signed: Kunichika ga
Series: Hanasugata go Taiheiki (Fine Figures and Words, Great Peace, and Happiness
Block Cutter: Hori Cho
Generally very good impression, colrs and condition.
An Astrolabe is used for astronomical measurements (eg stars and constellations)
Sawamura Tanosuke III was a famous Kabuki actor, considered one of the best Onnagata of his time, who, in 1865, would have his feet amputated. He would continue to perform still to great acclaim, footless, for another half a dozen years.