A Set of Pine Trees

(Matsu zukushi, 松尽)

Publishers: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke and Kojima-ya Jbei

1850

 

The fan prints (uchiwa-e) in this series are each about 9 by 10 inches (23 by 25.5 centimeters). Pines was slang for young beauties. This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).

 

Title: The Pine of Takasago (Takasago no matsu, 高砂の枩)

Description: Woman in foreground with the elderly couple J and Uba behind

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Title: Waiting for Someone (Hito omatsu, 人おまつ)

Description: Woman playing a stringed instrument

Publisher: Kojima-ya Jbei

 

NOTE: There is a pun in this print using matsu and omatsu. I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Title: The Pine of Success (Shubi no matsu, 首尾の松)

Description: Woman in a boat

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

NOTE: The Pine of Success was a particular pine and stopping point on the river route to the Yoshiwara. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.

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