A Hundred Stories of Famous Women of Our Country, Ancient and Modern

(Kokon honch˘ meijo hyaku den, 古根本朝名女百傳)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

c. 1842


In spite of the title of this series, Robinson recorded only five designs, and it is unlikely that any more exist.á They are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á


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Scene: Gi˘ and Ginyo, the sister shiraby˘shi dancers

Robinson: S30.1



Scene: Gion no Ny˘go (祇園女御), an outstanding beauty of humble origins, drawing water from a well.á This shows the humble origins of the woman who became the mother of Taira clan leader Taira no Kiyomori.

Robinson: S30.2


Scene: Kasane (かさね), a farmer's daughter of Haniű, Okada in Shimosa Province seated smoking

Robinson: S30.3


Scene: The Dutiful Woman of Kawada Village (Kawada-mura kojo, 河田村孝女) seated reading a scroll surrounded by crabs

Robinson: S30.4


Scene: Tomoe Gozen (巴御前), the wife of Wada Yoshimori, holding on to a pillar in the palace with both hands

Robinson: S30.5

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.