Comic and miscellaneous individual prints

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Title: Fashionable Octopus Games (Ryűk˘ tako no asobi, 流行蛸のあそび)

Date: 1840-1842

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

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

Date: 1847

Publisher: Horimasa

 

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

 

 

 

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 )

 

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

 

This is another state of the above print.

 

Title: Shinsaku tsukutsuku ken

Description: Ushiwaka Maru and the tengu

Date: 9th month of 1847

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyűbe

 

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: The Tenn˘ Festival in ďdenma-ch˘ (ďdenma-ch˘ Tenn˘ matsuri)

Description:

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke (Kinsh˘d˘)

 

Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker-Steinmetz

 

 

Title: All Kinds of Frogs (Kaeru zukushi, かえるづくし)

Description: Frogs as famous heroes of the kabuki stage

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Koshimura-ya Heisuke

 

 

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)

 

Title: An Old Cat Talking about the Black Arts

Date: c. 1849

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Title:

Description: Actors off stage

Date: 12th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title:

Date: 7th month of 1861

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

 

Title:

Date: 1842

Publisherĺs seals: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ (rectangle at bottom left) and Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘ (circle under double mountain under signature)

 

 

Title:

Description: Mount Fuji, Fukurokuju with his large head, and other characters

Date: 2nd month of 1858

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

NOTE: This might be one sheet from a triptych

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˘

II

Nakamura Utaemon IV

 

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: Tokuy˘muki inu no sanwari (徳用向犬の三割)

Description: Dogs toppling the table of a businessman

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher:

 

Title:

Description: Elephants engaged in various activities

Date: 3rd month of 1867á

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

NOTE: This is a posthumous print since the censors seal reads 3rd month of 1867, and Kuniyoshi died in 1861.á

 

Title: A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales (Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, 百物語 化ものらうそく)

Description: Three ghosts materializing out of smoke

Date: 1843 (censor Tanaka Heishir˘)

Size: Unknown

Publisher:

Title: Textile Pattern of People to Stop Your Yawning (欠留人物更紗, Akubidome jinbutsu sarasa)

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Yamamoto Heikichi

Another state of the above print, courtesy of Horst Graebner

Title: The Transfer Ceremony at Ise Shrine (Ise Daijin miya-utsushi, 伊勢太神宮遷御之圖)

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters).á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Title:

Description: Okina Inari and Datsueba are neck wrestling (kubihiki) while foxes and horses cheer

Date: 1849

Publisher: Tama-ya S˘suke

 

NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters)

Title: Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide in a Wrestling Match with Strange People from Various Countries (Asahina Sabur˘ Yoshihide bankoku sum˘ no zu, 朝比奈三郎義秀萬國すまふの圖)

Description: Asahina wrestling with various creatures

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Zen (phonetic reading of )

 

NOTE: This print is a horizontal ˘ban, about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters).á It is signed Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi giga (drawn in fun by Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi, 一勇斎国芳戯画)

Title: None

Description: Hotei leading a parade of children holding lanterns

Date: 1840

Size: Chűban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters)

Publisher: Enshű-ya Matabei

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