Instructive Reference-Index of All Sorts of Proverbs

(Tatoe-gusa oshie hayabiki, 譬諭草をしえ早引)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

1843

 

This series of prints shows beautiful women representing proverbs.Instead of being numbered, the small black square in the right upper corner of each print contains a hiragana character that may be ordered in the same manner as the alphabet.This series is listed as number 100 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 Űban.

 

Proverb: Remain straight as a bamboo

Description: Young woman with bow and target on ground

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: I (), No 1

 

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Beauty looking down at a brazier

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Ro (), No. 2

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Beauty seated by a dressing table applying make-up

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Ha (), No. 3

Proverb: Money can multiply and build up over time, but what is much more precious is the purity and brightness of oneís heart

Description: Young woman holding a wedding kimono

Text in cartouche: A Chinese sage says that honest, well-behaved people comprise the nationís treasure.When a woman marries, her dowries, however plenty, are just superficial things.What she should practice for life is serve to her parents-in-law and loyalty to her husband.

Hiragana: Ni (), No. 4

 

Translation courtesy of Peter Rourke

 

I am grateful to Peter Rourke for this alternate state of the above design.

 

Proverb:

Description: Beauty standing by a sickle and a bundle of a dried crop

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Ho (), No. 5

 

 

Proverb:

Description: A diving girl (ama) tying back her hair seated on a rocky outcrop on the seashore

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: He (), No. 6

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Mother grooming childís hair

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: To (), No. 7

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Mother offering breast to child

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Chi (), No. 8

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Woman holding a flower standing next to a desk with calligraphy on it

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Ri (), No. 9

 

 

Proverb:

Description:

Text in cartouche: Beauty serving tea

Hiragana: Nu (), No. 10

 

 

Proverb:

Description:

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Wo (), No. 12

 

 

 

Proverb:

Description: Kneeling beauty spinning silk while her cat sleeps

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Wa (), No. 13

 

 

Proverb:

Description:

Text in cartouche:

Hiragana: Ka (), No. 14

 

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