Faces That Can Be Inverted

J˘ge-e, 上下絵

Below are two separate series of prints with faces or masks that transform into different faces when viewed upside-down.á These are known as joge-e (上下絵, two-way pictures) or as ue-shita-e (upside-down faces).á Each print is shown upright (based upon signature and seals) and rotated 180 degrees.á Neither series is listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

Description:

Left column top to bottom: tengu, Nyudo, Onamuchi-no-mikoto,

Center column: Zhou, tenju, Cao Cao

Right column: Wind god, Tofu Kozo, Mikenja

Left column top to bottom:á Mirinĺs ghost, Mitsume Kozo,á Thunder god

Center column: Zhang Fei, tengu, Guan Yu

Right column: Iruka-no-omi, frogs, a gedo (evil person)

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

Series: Upside-down Faces (Ue-shita-e)á

Description:

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘

Series: Double-sided Pictures (両面相)

Description:

A gedo (伊久, an evil person, top) and Ikyu (だるま, bottom)

Daruma (げどふ, top) and Tokusakari (とくさかり, bottom)

Date: 1849-1850

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi (井筒)

Series: Double-sided Pictures (両面相)

Description:

Hotei (ほてい, top) and Shoki (せうき, bottom)

Zhang Fei (張飛, top) and Asahina (あさひな, bottom)

Date: 1849-1850

Publisher: Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi (井筒)

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