Cat Homophones

(Neko no ateji, 猫の當字)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

c. 1842

 

In this series of prints, cats form the names of fish in kana.  The series is listed as number 196 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Catfish (namazu)

 

Puffer fish (fugu)

 

Another state of the above design

 

Eel (unagi)

Another state of the above design

 

Octopus (tako)

 

 

Bonito (katsuo)

 

Another state of the above design

  

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