Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances

(Fūryū kodomo odori zukushi, 風流子供踊り盡)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirō

c. 1840

 

This series shows children as dancers against a background of colored stylized clouds.  It is listed as number 142 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 ōban.

 

Title: The Heron Maiden (Sagi musume, さぎ娘)

Description: Child dressed as the Heron Maiden wearing a long-sleeved kimono with a black velvet obi and holding a large open umbrella

 

 

Title: Sanbasō (三ばそう)

Description: Children as sambasō dancers

 

 

Title: Hama matsu kaze

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Title: Dojoji

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Title: Shojo (しうじやく)

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Title: Yamauba and Kaidomaru

Description: Two children dancing with drums

 

 

Title: Mitsu Ningyō (三ツ人形)

Description: Girl carrying two buckets

 

NOTE: The dance-drama Sono Sugata Hana no Utsushie is commonly called Mitsu Ningyō.

 

 

Title: Woman of Ohara Village (Oharame, おはら女)

Description: Girl with bundle of brushwood on her head

 

 

Another state of the above design with the cartouche reading Kyōto Children as Tradesmen (Keishi kodomo akindo, 京師子供商人)

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

 

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