Comic Sweet Corn

(Dke tmorokoshi, 道外 とうもろこし)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz

1842-1846

 

This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chban.  Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.  

 

 

Title: Jigoku (Hell, 地ごく)

Description: A devil with hzuki (鬼灯, demonic flames)

Title: Toitagaeshi (戸いたがえし)

Description: A scene from the kabuki play Tkaid yotsuya kaidan employing a toitagaeshi (a stage prop consisting of a revolving panel with a life-size manikin on each side)

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the image.

 

Title: The Shakky Dance (Shakky no shyosagoto, 石橋の所作事)

Description: A dancing corncob accompanied by a pumpkin and a sweet potato playing the flute

 

Title: Kasane at the Kinu River (Kinugawa no kasane, きぬ川のかさね)

Description: A ghost under a willow tree along the riverbank is bending over a samurai who is hiding a sickle

 

 

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