Daruma’s Buffoonery

(Dôke Daruma asobi, 道外だるまけん)

Publisher: Hori Masa

1847

 

After the imposition of a ban on actor prints in 1842, Kuniyoshi produced numerous humorous designs with thinly disguised actors’ portraits.  In this series, well known actors are portrayed as Daruma, without any mention of their names.  This series is listed as number 191 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Title: Dôke daruma ken

Description: Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV (right), Ichikawa Kuzô II (center) and Matsumoto Kôshirô VI (left) playing the game of ken

 

 

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this variant with bokashi (gradual shading of color) on only one figure.

 

Title: Zazenmame

Description: Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII (right), Ichikawa Danjűrô VIII (center) and Onoe Kikujirô II (left)

 

 

Title: Sumidagawa

Description: Actors Bandô Shűka (right), Sawamura Sôjűrô V (center) and Onoe Kikugorô III (left)

 

 

Title: Otowa no taki

Description: Actors Badnô Shűka and Onoe Kikugorô III

 

 

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Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker

 

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