Miscellaneous prints of acrobats, top spinners, and magicians,

Part I

 

In Japan, both children and adults play with spinning tops (koma, 独楽), often competitively.á Most of these prints deal with public performances of top spinning by professional entertainers.á Unless otherwise indicated, each sheet is about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

 

Text: 浅草境内ニ於テ 曲獨楽奥山傳司, 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 竹田岩次郎/菊車

Description: A spinning-top performance by Okuyama Denji (獨楽奥山傳司)

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

Text: 浅草境内ニ於テ 曲獨楽奥山傳司, 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 竹田岩次郎

Description: A spinning-top performance by Okuyama Denji (獨楽奥山傳司)

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

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Description: A spinning-top performance by Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次)

Date: 1844 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

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Description: Takezawa Toji (竹澤 藤次), whose crest is on the fan, conjuring up a dragon

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher:

 

 

Title: Takezawa T˘ji, the Best Performer with Spinning Tops

Description:

Date: 1844

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

 

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Description: Ball performance by the juggler Kikukawa Kunimaru

Date: 1841

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NOTE: This print is about 14 by 6.5 inches (36 by 17 centimeters), a size known as ˘tanzakuban.

 

Title: 曲獨楽 奥山傳司

Text: 浅草於境内, 細工人竹田縫殿之助, 竹田岩次郎, 大仕掛

Description: A performance by Okuyama Denji (獨楽奥山傳司) and two children

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

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Date: 1842-1846

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Description:

Date: c. 1848 (censor Murata Sahei)

Publisher: Kiku-ya K˘sabur˘

 

 

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Description:

Date: c. 1845-1846

Publisher: Man (phonetic reading of )

 

 

 

 

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Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Murata-ya Ichibei

 

 

Series: Various Provinces in the 12 Months (諸国十二ヶ月ノ内)

Subtitle: 2nd Month at Fushimi Shrine (二月伏見)

Description:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Series: Various Provinces in the 12 Months (諸国十二ヶ月ノ内)

Subtitle: 3rd Month in Kishu (記洲の三月)

Description: Takezawa T˘ji (竹澤 藤次)

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title: Premier Top Spinning Tricks by Takezawa T˘ji (一流曲独楽 竹沢藤次)

Description: Takezawa T˘ji withing spinning tops

Date: 1844

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

 

Title: None

Description:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: No seal

 

 

Text: 浅草観世音地内ニおいて 曲獨楽奥山傳司, 細工人竹田縫殿之助 五節句(弥生ヵ)

Description: A spinning-top performance by Okuyama Denji (獨楽奥山傳司)

Date: 1842-1846

Publisher: Murata-ya Ichibei (seal name Muraichi村市)

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

 

 

Title: Spinning tricks performed by Takezawa T˘ji (曲独楽 竹澤藤次)

Description: Takezawa T˘ji (竹澤 藤次) with spinning top and ghost

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

 

Text: 竹澤藤治改竹澤梅升, 両国広小路ニ於相勤申候

Description:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

 

Title: A spinning-top performance by Takezawa Baisho (御なじミ竹澤藤治改竹澤梅升, 両国広小路相勤申候)

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Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

 

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Date: 1842-1846

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

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