Diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs of children

 

Unless otherwise noted, the individual sheets are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban. 

 

Series: Famous Views of Edo (Edo sh˘kei)

Title: View of Edo Eitai Bridge and Mitsumata as Seen from Nakazu (Nakazu yori Mitsumata Eitaibashi o miru no zu, 江都勝景中洲より三つまた永代ばしを見る図)

Description: Children flying kites

Date: 1843

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Another state of the above triptych published by S˘shű-ya Yohei.á It is a less labor-intensive printing than the preceding, which almost invariably means a later edition.á In this print, the dark blue in the water was omitted.á

Title: The Battle of Ishibashiyama Played by Children (Kodomo asobi Ishibashiyama, 子供遊石はし山)

Description: Children reenacting the Battle of Ishibashiyama

Date: 11th month of 1855

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state without any purple.

Title: Children reenacting Narihiraĺs Journey to the East (Osana Narihira azuma kudari, 稚業平東下り)

Description: Children reenacting an episode from Chapter 9 of Ise Monogatari

Date: 1842-1843 (censor Takano Shinĺemon)

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state.

Description: Boys in a mock daimyo procession on the shore at sunset

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: Childrenĺs Calligraphy Contest (幼童席 書会, Y˘d˘ sekigakikai)

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya

Title: Precious Children (Kodakara asobi, 子宝遊)

Description: Children playing with the kanji for treasure (takara, )

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Title: The First Painting and Calligraphy of the New Year

Description:

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Title: Children Playing with the Seven Gods of Good Fortune

Description:

Date: 1838

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Title: Children at Play: Raising the Roof of a Storehouse (Kodomo asobi doz˘ no muneage, 子供遊土蔵之上棟)

Description:

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design with a solid red title cartouche.

Title: Procession of Children on the Occasion of the Opening of the Tametomo Shrine at Ry˘goku

Description:

Date: 1851

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Title: The Exercise of Martial Arts by Children: Spring, 四ッ廼民稚模様 ) 

Description: Boys playing at different forms of combat

Date: 4th month of 1858

Publisher: Yahata-ya Sakujir˘

Another state of the above design

Description: Children as Okaru (おかる, left) and Kanpei (かん平, right) performing a scene from the kabuki play Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

NOTE: The text on each sheet reads A Collection of childrenĺs dances (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)

Another state of the above design

Series: Collection of Dances by Children (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)

Robinson: 123 (possibly)

Size: ďban triptych (each sheet about 10 by 14 inches or 25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Children as Munesada (宗貞, right), Sekibei (関兵衛, center), and Komachi-hime (小町姫, left) performing a scene from the kabuki play Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)

Date: c. 1843

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to was staged at the Ichimura Theater in the 2nd month of 1843.

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design without any purple.

Description: Children as the geisha Oshiyun (おしゅん, left), the monkey trainer (sarumawashi) Yojir˘ (猿まはし与次郎, center), and Izutsuya Denbei (傳兵衛, right) performing a scene from the kabuki play Sarumawashi kadode no Hitofushi (猿曳門出諷)

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei (川口屋守兵衛)

 

NOTE: The text on each sheet reads A collection of childrenĺs dances (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽)á

Description: Children as the yakko (servant) (丹前 , left), Sugata (昔絵すがた, center), and Tanzen (丹前風, right) in a scene from the kabuki play Sono Sugata Hana no Utsushie (其姿花図繪), which is also known as Mitsu Ningy˘, which is written here as 三津人形, but can also be written as 三人形 or as 三つ人形.

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei (the seal of another publisher was crudely removed from the left lower corner of each sheet)

 

 

NOTE: The text on each sheet reads A collection of childrenĺs dances (Kodomo odori zukushi, 子供踊尽) and Mitsu doll (三津人形).á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.áá

Series: None

Robinson: This triptych is listed as T49 in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982)

Title: A Set of Heroic Children (Osanashi-dachi buyű soroi)

Description: Below are the names of the thirty-six boys represented, each followed in parentheses by his adult name, or other information given on the print:

 

RIGHT-HAND SHEET

(right-hand edge, top to bottom): Tokuju Maru (Nitta Yoshioki), Hako-˘ Maru (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune), Ichiman Maru (Soga Jur˘ Sukenari), Aza Maru (Aku-shichiby˘ye Kagekiyo)

 

(middle): Shiragiku Maru (novice of Gwag˘ji), Uhy˘ye-no-suke Minamoto no Yoritomo (fifth son of Yoshitomo), Gor˘ Maru (Mimmaya no Shigemune)

 

(left-hand side): Ju˘ Maru (ďtomo no Sukune Kanamura), Onz˘shi Tametomo (eighth son of Tameyoshi), Bij˘ Maru (son of Minamoto no Yorinobu, Kaid˘maru (Sakata no Kintoki), Hy˘z˘ (Tetsu K˘dzuke, son of a farmer of Echigo)

 

MIDDLE SHEET

(right-hand side): Kana-ishi Maru (Kud˘ Suketsune), K˘ju Maru (son of Fujiwara no Nakamitsu), Wada Masatora (Genshű), Taira no Tomoakira (son of Tomomori), Oniwaka Maru (Musashi-b˘ Benkei)

 

(middle): Ushiwaka Maru (Kur˘ Hangwan Yoshitsune), Ari˘ Maru (page to Shunkwan), Chikud˘ Maru, Mukwan-no-tayű Atsumori (son of Sammi Tsunemori)

 

(left-hand side): Wakiya Yoshiharu (son of Yoshisuke and younger brother of Nitta Yoshisada) , Nagasaki Jir˘ (page to H˘j˘ Takatoki), Kusunoki Masatsura (eldest son of Masashige), Kon-˘ Maru (Tosa-b˘ Sh˘shun)

 

LEFT-HAND SHEET

(right-hand side): Kiku˘ Maru (page to N˘to no Kami Noritsune), S˘ma Kotar˘ Yoshikado (son of Masakado) , Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa (page to Yoshiiye), The Rough Boy of Usui-t˘ge (Usui Sadamitsu)

 

(middle): Antoku Tenn˘, Tamon Maru (Kusunoki Masashige), Kojiro Nao-iye (son of Kumagaya Naozane)

 

(left-hand side): Koma-˘ Maru (Kiso Kwanja Yoshinaka), Hijiri Maru (page to Hioki Daizen), Kid˘ Maru (novice of Hiyeizan), Kichij˘ Maru (ďtomo Yoshinao)

Date: c. 1839-1841

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

Series: Untitled

Title: None

Size: Kakemono-e, a vertical diptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Two children with their heads partially shaved in an ancient Chinese style

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

I am grateful to Patricio Lynch for this image.

 

Title: Portrait of Iwaki Tamayama, 7 years old (岩城玉山七歳肖像)

Size: Kakemono-e, a vertical diptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Portrait of a calligraphy prodigy with a hand print and example of his calligraphy

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

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Title: Children Playing as Diggers of the Well of Golden Water (子供遊金生水之掘抜, Kodomo asobi kinj˘sui no horinuki)

Size: Kakemono-e, a vertical diptych with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children using bamboo scaffolding to dig a well

Date: 1842

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Title: Bustling New Year (Haru no nigiwahi, 春のにぎわひ)áá

Description: Adults watching children at play

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Wakau

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Title: Childrenĺs New Year Games (Kodakara haru asobi, 子宝春あそび)

Description: Children playing various games

Date: c. 1841

Publisher:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

ôRobinsonö refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á

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