Comic and miscellaneous individual prints

Part I

 

These prints are not part of series or polyptychs.á Unless otherwise noted, they are each about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters, a size known as ˘ban.

 

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Title: Utsushi-e, Japanese Phantasmagoria in Full Color by Toraku (Goku-zaishiki utsushi-e, Toraku)

Date: c. 1827-1830

Publisher:

 

NOTE: An utsushi (写し絵) is a traditional Japanese magic lantern show

Kasane no Boukon, ca

 

Title: Ghost of Kasane (Kasane no boukon, かさねのぼうこん)

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

NOTE: The ghostĺs face is made up of body parts and tools.

Kuniyoshi - (oban) Drunken Otafuku (Sakazuki o uketa otafuku), 1847, pub Horimasa, get text

 

Title: Drunken Otafuku (Sakazuki o uketa Otafuku, 盃を受けたお多福)

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Horimasa

 

NOTE: Otafuku is a homely, cheery faced legendary figure who is associated with happiness.

 

 

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design.

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Title: Ofuku Fukuemon Ukeni-hairu Takarayama Mitsuru (おふく福右衛門 有卦入宝山満)

Date: 2nd month of 1849 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

I am grateful to Yasuhiro Endo for this image.

 

 

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Title: Congratulations on Good Fortune in the Year of the Horse (Uma no toshi uke no oniwai, 午の年うけの御いわい)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: Horikoshi (堀越)

 

NOTE: The plain cartouches are numerology for water and earth sign people.

Kuniyoshi - Humorous Portrayal of 6 Immortal Poets (Giga rokkasen], 1858(8), pub Koga-ya Katsugor˘, get description

 

Title: Humorous Portrayal of the Six Immortal Poets (Giga rokkasen)

Description: The six immortal poetsŚAriwara no Narihira, S˘j˘ Henj˘, Kisen H˘shi, ďtomo no Kuronushi, Bunya no Yasuhide and Ono no KomachiŚwatching a puppet play

Date: Eighth month of 1858

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Title: Urashimaĺs Mask Box at the Crossing (Tsuji urashima ataru menbako)

Description: Masks resembling the following actors emerging from the Urashimaĺs box:

 

1. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
2. Nakamura Utaemon IV
3. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV
4. Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
5. Onoe Kikugor˘ III
6. Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV
7. ďtani Tomoemon III
8. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI
9. Ichimura Uzaemon XII
10. Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
11. Onoe Tamiz˘ II
12. Seki Sanjűr˘ III

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Tsu (phonetic reading of )

Kuniyoshi - (D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo) oban, conversation between a tiger, a toad and a fox

 

Title: D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo

Description: Conversation among a tiger, a toad and a fox from a parody of ôAnything Goesö

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Ebi-iya Rinnosuke

Kuniyoshi - (D˘ke ken nan de mo kan de mo) oban, conversation between a tiger, a toad and a fox

 

This is another state of the above print.

Kuniyoshi - (shinsaku tsukutsuku ken), oban, 1847(9), pub

 

Title: Shinsaku tsukutsuku ken

Description: Ushiwaka Maru and the tengu

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbe

(4)1847

 

Title: Ataru ken kurabe

Description: Three male dancers

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image

 

Title: Dancing Cats (Ryűk˘ neko jarashi, 流行猫じゃらし)

Date:

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: This print is a chűban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters)

Pub

 

Title: A Cat Talking about the Black Arts (Neko no my˘jutsu, 猫之妙術)

Date: 1847-1850

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

 

Title: An Old Cat Talking about the Black Arts (Ko neko my˘jutsu-setsu, 古猫妙術説)

Date: 1847-1850

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

Kuniyoshi - Pub

 

Title: Celebration to Honor the 85-year-old Man Who was the First to Cross the New Ry˘goku Bridge in the Eastern Capital (T˘to Ry˘goku bashi hachijűgosai no okina watarisome iwaien no zu, 東都両国橋八十五歳之翁渡初祝宴図)

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

NOTE: The kanji on the scroll is kotobuki (寿), meaning longevity.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for information about this print.á

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Title: In the Year of the Earth Horse, on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Tsuchinoe uma no toshi gogatsu y˘ka dosuisei no hito uke ni iru, 戊午歳五月八日 土水性の人うけに入)

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design with a red border on top and lacking Kuniyoshiĺs kiri seal.

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The first edition of this design (above) bears an oval date seal for the 4th month of 1858.á The image to the left is from a later printing with a censorĺs seal for the 7th month of 1861.á The red cartouche reads year of the rooster (酉年八月五日) on this 1861 printing.

 

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Title: Entering the Lucky Period, the 8th Day of the 5th Month of the Year of the Horse (午五月八日うけに入人のとし 水性土性)

Description: Mount Fuji, Fukurokuju with his large head, the Wisteria Maid, an owl, Fukusuke, a sparrow, and Fukujo

Date: 2nd month of 1858

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

NOTE: This print is an uke-e, a print depicting auspicious subjects.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for information about this print.á

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this simplified state of the above design.

Fashionable cats performing mime (Ryuku neko no omoire), c

Title: Fashionable Cats Performing Mime (Ryűk˘ neko no omoire, 流行猫のおもり入)

Description: Heads of cats framed by cat collars with bells

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: The cats, with their kimono, are identifiable caricatures of these kabuki actors:

Sawamura Tossh˘

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Iwai Shijaku

Arashi Isabur˘ II

Onoe Eizabur˘ III

Ichikawa Kuz˘ II

Band˘ Shűka I

Onoe Tamiz˘

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Nakamura Utaemon IV

Kuniyoshi - Paper Dolls' Dande Hoping for Fine Weather

 

Title: Paper Dollsĺ Dande Hoping for Fine Weather (てるてる坊主おひよりおどり)

Description: Dancing paper dolls

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Publisher:

 

Title: New Edition Falconry Sugoroku (Shinban takano sugoroku, 新板鷹野雙六)

Description: A seated falconer with Mt. Fuji in background

Date:

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This image is on the reverse side of a 47 x 36 cm sugoroku board by Sadatora.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the image.

 

Text: The Shogunĺs horse breeding and training facility (maki) at Koganehara, Chiba (小金原チヨロチヨロとむる馬ツころ)

Description: Three peasants with two small horses

Size: chűban (approximately 10 by 7 inches or 25 by 18 centimeters) 

Date:

Publisher:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

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