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'Xylophone Song' - Man playing musical instrument

Kuniyoshi, 1850, Wood cut
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'Xylophone Song' - Man playing musical instrument
'Xylophone Song' - Man playing musical instrument
'Xylophone Song' - Man playing musical instrument
'Xylophone Song' - Man playing musical instrument
Library Item
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'Xylophone Song' (Mokkin no uta)
'This shows a Kabuki actor in the role of a blind musician playing a Chinese-style wooden xylophone and singing the song transcribed above. This was one role typically performed as part of a series of seven or more done with quick changes of costume (nana-gawari).' [Information supplied by T. Clark]
The play's central character was Tenjiku Tokubei, a boatman from China with the power to change into a giant frog.
The original owner of the print may have practised singing the 'Xylophone Song' at home for his or her own entertainment.
1850
35.5 x 24 cm.
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Digital FileElectronic file 72 dpi JPEGPersonal Use
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