MATERIAL: Wood (kiri)
DIMENSIONS: 3 X 3 3/4 X 4 inches (viewer)
COMPONENTS: wood viewer, two CDV photo cards
CONDITION: Superb condition.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Website with data in English on kabuki performers.

ITEM ID: 2094
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Optical Viewer and Photo Cards of Actors

DATE
Decade: 1890s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese Peep Show Optical Toy “nozoki,” a viewer and two CDV photo cards of Kabuki actors.

Scholar Ryan Cook comments that, “I think the first one is the kabuki actor Kataoka Gatō II or III in the role of Hayano Kanpei in ‘Kanadehon Chūshingura,’ the second one Kataoka Gatō and Onoe Taminosuke. Kataoka Gatō II died in 1871, but the website below specifically mentions that he played the Hayano Kanpei role.”