Modern Select Dolls, Part II

 

Title: The Upstairs Parlor of a Brothel (Nikai zashiki no zu, 當盛見立人形の かい座敷の図)

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Description: A brothel scene

Publisher: Honmo

Another state of the above design

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image of a state without any purple.

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Title: Fashionable Living Dolls (Fry iki ningy, 風流生人形)

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Description: Minamoto no Tametomo seated on a rock drinking sake (centre) as two demons (right) attempt to bend his giant bow, and two attendants (left) watch in amazement

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Image courtesy of Louise Arins Kappers and C.P.J. van der Peet Japanese Woodblock Prints

Title: Fashionable Living Dolls (Fry iki ningy, 風流生人形)

Description: Brothel scene with a courtesan having her hair done and another with a pipe and a seated man with pox on his face

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

NOTE: The figure with exposed breasts in front of a mirror is Mayuzumi, a Yoshiwara courtesan who gave aid during a recent earthquake. The hanging scroll shows phallic-shaped mushrooms.

Kuniyoshi - (chban) Dolls in the Latest Style (Fry ningy)

Title: Fashionable Living Dolls (Fry ningy, 風流人形)

Description: Brothel scene with a courtesan having her hair done and another with a pipe and a seated man with pox on his face

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

 

NOTE: The individual sheets comprising this triptych are each about 10 by 7 inches (25 by 18 centimeters), a size known as chban.

Kuniyoshi - Figures of the loyal retainers (Gishi ningyo),  one of the groups of carved figures (ningyo) set up in the grounds of Sensoji temple in Asakusa in 1855, (2)1856

Title: Figures of the Loyal Retainers (Gishi ningy, 義士人形)

Description: Fight between the rnin and Moronos retainers with a half-dressed woman on the ground

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Kuniyoshi - Figures of the loyal retainers (Gishi ningyo), Ronin attacking Kobayashi Heihachiro in Morono's palace

Title: Figures of the Loyal Retainers (Gishi ningy, 義士人形)

Description: The rnin attacking Kobayashi Heihachiro in Moronos palace

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

The Forty-seven Ronin Attacking Moronao's Mansion from the Front, 1856, pub Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Title: Figures of the Night Attack of the Loyal Retainers (義士人形夜討之図)

Description: Left sheet: Yoshida Sadaemon Kanesada (吉田定右衛門兼貞) and boshi Rikiya Yoshikane (大星力弥良兼)

Center sheet: taka Gengo Tadao (大高玄吾忠雄)

Right sheet: Oribe Yahei Kanamaru (織部矢兵衛金丸) and Hara Gemon Mototoki (原郷右衛門元辰)

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Title: Dolls Viewed as Gods, Confucians, and Buddhists (Ningyo mitate shin ju butsu, 人形見立 神儒佛)

Description: The Buddhist saint Hinzuru (right) dances with the Shinto deity Uzume, whilst Confucius and Mencius play go in the background, waited on by attendants

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinjir

 

I am grateful to Hehe Galerie for this image.

Another state of the above design

Title: Lifelike Fashionable Dolls (Fry ningy no uchi, 風流人形之内)

Subtitle: Watonai, O-tsuji, and Hotato (和藤内, お津ぢ, 坊太郎)

Description: The child Hotoro (left) sits with an opened scroll before him, watching his nurse O-tsuji (right) perform penitence under a waterfall

Inset: The pirate Watonai restraining a tiger

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Jsh-ya Juz

Title: Modern Series of Dolls (Tse ningy zukushi, 當世人形づくし)

Description: The pirate Watonai facing a tiger, while the monk Nichiren kneels in prayer as the executioners sword shatters (日蓮上人龍口御難)

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Keijir

Title: Lifelike Fashionable Dolls (Fry ningy no uchi, 風流人形之内)

Description: The child Hotoro and his nurse O-tsuji (left) and the execution of the monk Nichiren (right)

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz

 

I am grateful to Hehe Galerie for this image.

Title: Pictures of Fashionable Dolls (Fry ningy no zu, 風流人形之圖)

Description: Two women fleeing the forty-seven Rnins attack on Moranaos palace

Date: 3rd month of 1856

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Rihei

Title: Lifelike Fashionable Dolls (Fry ningy no uchi, 風流人形之内)

Subtitle:

Description:

Date: 4th month of 1856

Publisher: Jsh-ya Juz

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Title: Picture of Dolls (Ningy no zu, 人形之図)

Description: A scene from a kabuki play about Iwafuji and Ohatsu

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor

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Title: Picture of Fashionable Living Dolls (Furyu ningyo no zu, 風流人形之図)

Description: A scene from a kabuki play about Iwafuji and Ohatsu

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

NOTE: This triptych is similar to the preceding triptych, but has a different title and publisher.

strong woman Kaneko Kugutsune ( also called O Kane or Omi no O Kane )

Title: Fashionable Living Dolls (Fry iki ningy, 風流生人形)

Description: The strong woman Kaneko Kugutsune (also called O Kane or Omi no O Kane) stopping a runaway horse

Date: c. 1856

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This is a hanshita-e (final drawing for a print) that was never published.

Title: Fashionable Living Dolls (Fry iki ningy, 風流生人形)

Description: ban triptych of scenes of lifelike dolls

Date: 2nd month of 1856

Publisher: mi-ya Kyjir

Yoshiiku - (triptych) nine scenes of lifelike dolls, 1856

This 1856 triptych by Kuniyoshis student Yoshiiku shows nine scenes of lifelike dolls.

Program (banzuke, 番付) for the exhibition by Kuniyoshis student Yoshitsuya titled Life-sized Dolls on Display at Asakusa in the New Year (来ル正月二日ヨリ浅草奥山ニて興行)

Date: 11th month of 1857

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

 

I am grateful to Paul Steier for this image.

A 19th century iki-ningy similar to those seen by Kuniyoshi (left), and a contemporary one titled is Trei (Winter Loveliness) created by the master doll maker, Hirata Gy, in 1958 (right).

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