Kabuki Actor

Kuma Dori (隈取) is the stage makeup worn by kabuki actors, particularly when performing in the bold and bombastic aragoto style. This makeup generally consists of brightly colored stripes or patterns over a white foundation. The colors and patterns symbolize aspects of the actor’s character. Bright red stripes indicate a powerful hero role. Red symbolizes virtue and power while villains are often depicted with a design of black beard, purple veins, and dark blue antler-like eyebrows. This kabuki actor is centered on a dark mustard gravel ground among various murine written in Japanese cursive. Signature cane. 2018. Diameter 3 1/2”.

Provenance :

Jane Stein