Comic Twelve Signs

(Dke j-ni-shi, 道外十二支)

Publisher: Ki-ya Sjir



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.


Top: Rats (Ne, ) at a festival with a picture of Daikokuten on the wall

Bottom: Ox (Ushi, ), old ladies following an ox on a visit to a temple

Sign: Tiger (Tora, )

Description: Tigers falling down

Sign: Hare (U, )

Description: Hares dancing

Top: Dragons (Tatsu, ) squirting each other with water

Bottom: Snakes (Mi, ) watching people crawl across a log bridge like snakes


NOTE: There is a gourd-shapes white area near the left lower corner where the seal of the original publisher has been removed. This image is therefore from a later printing.

Top: Horses (Uma, ) resting

Bottom: Goats (Hitsuji, ) dining in a restaurant (rykan)

Top: Monkeys (Saru, ) as musicians and a dancer at the Sanno Festival (山王まつり)

Bottom: Cocks (Tori, ) at the Tori no Machi Festival (とりのまち)

Another state of the above design

Top: Dogs (Inu, ) playing in the snow

Bottom: Boars (I, ) stealing potatoes from a man with a stick


I am grateful to Michael O'Clair for this image.

Another state of the above design