[The Wig Series, New Edition (Shinpan Mage Zukushi)
Painted by Utagawa Yoshifuji 1848-1852 (Kōka 4 to Kaei 5) Tokyo Shiryō Collection 576-C1-2

The portraits of popular actors, who are relaxing in a dressing room, can be found at the bottom of the picture. At the upper part of the picture, wigs for various roles are painted around the portraits of actors. This is one of the toy pictures that were popular in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate. This is also called as a dressing-up picture and a cut-out picture to enjoy it by cutting out a wig and changing the hairstyle of actors.

Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII is depicted in this picture. Different from former Danjūrōs, he became popular as a beautiful, oval-faced actor. The wig for "Sukeroku", a specialty of the Ichikawa school, is prepared here.
The artist Yoshifuji is a painter who was active from the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji period. He painted many kaika-e (enlightenment pictures), including "Tokyo Tsukiji Hotel", to depict the civilization and enlightenment in the Meiji period. Furthermore, his greatest talent was in painting toy pictures, and therefore, he was also called as "Toy Yoshifuji."
Children played with the toy pictures and thew them away when they did not use them any more. Therefore, few pictures remain today, which makes this material precious.