Comic Parts for the Twelve Signs

(Dôke miburi jű-ni-shi, 道外 見富利十二志)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Shôshichi

c. 1848


In this series of three prints, well-known actors are portrayed as the twelve animals of the Buddhist zodiac.  The series is listed as number 180 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.


Upper right: Rat (); actor Onoe Kikujirô II

Lower right: Ox (); actor Onoe Tamizô II  

Upper left: Tiger (); actor Ichikawa Kuzô II

Lower left: Hare (); actor Iwai Kumesaburô III 


Another state of the above design


Top: Dragon ()

Center right: Snake ()

Bottom: Horse (); actor Sakata Sajűrô II

Center left: Goat ()


Another state of the above design


Upper right: Monkey ()

Upper left: Cock (); actor Bandô Shűka I

Lower right: Dog (); actor Ichikawa Danjűrô VIII

Lower left: Boar ()


Another state of the above design