Children’s Games for the Eight Dispositions

(Osana asobi hachi gyō no uchi, 子供遊八行の内)

Publisher: Iga-ya Kanemon

c. 1840

 

This series is listed as 132 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 ōban.  I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this series.

 

 

Title: Jin (, benevolence or humanity)

Description: Children freeing caged birds while restraining the cat

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title: Zhģ (, knowledge)

Description: Children playing hide-a-shoe

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Possibly another state or faded colors

 

Hanshita-e (final drawing) for the above design

 

Title: Rei (, etiquette)

Description: Small child bowing to older child

 

 

Another state without a publisher’s seal

 

Title: (, filial piety)

Description: Children reenacting one of the 24 paragons of filial piety, with

Meng Zong (Mōsō, 孟宗) miraculously finding bamboo shoots in mid-winter for his mother

 

NOTE: The title cartouche reads Osana asobi hachi gyō no uchi (稚遊八行のうち)

 

 

 

Title: Gi (, righteousness)

Description:

 

NOTE: The title in the cartouche reads Osana hachi gyō no uchi (稚八行のうち)

 

 

 

 

 

“Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

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