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of Kunisada by Kunichika, 1864
Shini-e (死絵, "Memorial prints"), also called "death pictures" or "death portraits", are "Japanese "woodblock prints, particularly those done in the "ukiyo-e style popular through the "Edo period (1603–1867) and into the beginnings of the 20th century
When a "kabuki actor died, memorial portraits shini-e were conventionally published with his farewell poem and posthumous name.
Memorial portraits were created by ukiyo-e artists to honor a colleague or former teacher who had died.
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- ^ Keyes, Roger et al. (1973). The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, p. 320; Chin, Connie and Melinda Takeuchi. "Actors' Death Prints: Discovery of a New Genre." Horizons (Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University) Fall 2005, p. 7.
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