Left: Kawarazaki Gonjuro as the yakko Sakihei
Center: Bando Hikosaburo V as the yakko Otohei
Right: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the yakko Uzuhei
Creped oban triptych (18" X 8 1/2")
Each sheet is backed
An excellent example of what happens to a print when it is creped. The paper is bunched together in both directions so it shrinks evenly and acquires the texture of crepe fabric. This print is backed; otherwise it would be soft and limp like fabric. The colors become more intense and the lines a little wavy. For a detailed description of the process, see "Ukiyo-e to Shin hanga" by Newland/Uhlenbeck.