Modern Five Qualities

(Imayō go-sei, 今様五性)

Publisher: Ōmi-ya Heihachi

c. 1833

This series of prints of beautiful women is listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961) as number 89.  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

 

Insert: Pig

Description: The boy has discovered a potted plant that resembles the part of the weaving harness which his mother can use to lift or lower the warps with her big toe. This toe is called “piglet” in Japanese, which explains the inset pig head

 

 

Insert: Snake

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Insert: Monkey

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I am grateful to Robert Davis for this image.

 

Insert: Dragon

Description: Woman carrying a wooden bucket

 

 

 

 

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