Fashionable Comparisons of Raised Pictures on Toilet-boxes

(Ryűkô kurabe oshie tebako, 流行競押絵手箱)

Publisher: Sagin

1847

 

The title of this series has also been translated as “Fashionable Comparisons of Lacquered Boxes with oshi-e (raised cloth pictures)”.  It portrays actors from the kabuki play Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤), performed in the 3rd month of 1847.  This series is listed as number 168 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban. 

 

Actor: Bandô Shuka I

Role: The nun Seigen (Seigen biku, 清玄尼) with a tattered straw hat

 

 

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűrô VIII

Role: Matsuwaka Maru (松若丸)

 

 

 

Actor: Sawamura Sojűrô V

Role: Lady Iwafuji ( 岩藤)

 

 

 

   “Robinson” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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