Parody of...

(Mitate..., 見立...)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

1849 and 1855

 

These fan prints (uchiwa) compare beautiful women to various things.  The prints published in 1849 are not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  In the first month of 1855, Iba-ya Sensaburô published three additional prints with the title “Parodies of the Sanbasô Dance” (Mitate sanbasô).  Kuniyoshi, Kunisada, and Hiroshige each designed one of these prints, and they are listed as number 41 by Robinson.

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Date: 1849

Title: Parody of Konkai (Mitate Konkai, 見立吼かい)

Description: Beauty biting the end of her blue headscarf with a crow and egret design, gripping a wooden post before a backdrop of a cart and clematis vines

Date: 1849

 

NOTE: “Konkai” is an alternate title for the Kyogen farce, Tsuri gitsune

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Date: 1849

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Date: 1849

Series: Parodies of the Sanbasô Dance (Mitate sanbasô)

Title: Allusion to the Character Sanbasô

Date: First month of 1855

 

Note: The spray of loquats in the beauty’s right hand resembles the golden bells used in the sanbasô dance. 

Keyblock print for another state of the above design

“Allusion to the Character Okina” by Kunisada

Date: First month of 1855

“Allusion to the Character Senzai” by Hiroshige

Date: First month of 1855

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

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