Eighty Forms of “Brother Pictures”

(E-kyōdai yaso sugata, 絵兄弟やさすかた)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

c. 1845

 

This series compares beautiful women to famous scenes from Japanese history and legends.  The series is listed as number 104 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). Although the total number of prints in this series is unknown, it is likely far fewer than eighty.  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

 

Description: Woman with a tray of food

Inset: Benkei’s ritual dance before the meal

 

Description: Woman with a cat

Inset: Minamoto no Yorimasa (源頼政)

 

Description: Woman holding a stone

Inset: The sumo wrestler Matano Kagehisa

 

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