Parody of...

(Mitate..., 美立... or 見立ů)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

1849 and 1855

 

These fan prints (uchiwa) compare beautiful women to various noh and ky˘gen theatrical productions.á The prints published in 1849 are not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á In the first month of 1855, Iba-ya Sensabur˘ published three additional prints with the title ôParodies of the Sanbas˘ Danceö (Mitate Sanbas˘, 見立 三番叟).á Kuniyoshi, Kunisada, and Hiroshige each designed one of these prints, and they are listed as number 41 by Robinson.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this section.

 

Title: Mitate D˘j˘ji (美立 道成寺)á

Description: Woman with wind chimes suggesting the bell in the noh play

Noh play: D˘j˘ji

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Title: Mitate Konkai (美立 吼噦)

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

Ky˘gen: Tsuri-gitsune, which is also known as Konkai

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Title: Mitate Mochizuki (美立 望月)

Description:

Noh play: Mochizuki

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Title: Mitate Okina (美立 )á

Description: Woman with a sword in her obi fanning herself

Noh play: Okina

Date: 1849 (censors Yoshimura and Kinugasa)

Title: Mitate Kanjinch˘ (見立 勧進帳)

Description: Woman holding a piece of paper

Noh play: Ataka, which is also known as Kanjinch˘

Date: c. 1849 (censors Mera and Murata)á

Title: Mitate Sanbas˘, 見立 三番叟)

Noh play: Okina, which includes the Sanbas˘ dance

Discription: Woman holding a spray of loquats which resemble the golden bells used in the Sanbas˘ dance

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Date: First month of 1855áá

Keyblock print for another state of the above design

Title: Mitate Sanbas˘, 見立 三番叟)

Noh play: Okina, which includes the Sanbas˘ dance

Discription: Woman with pine tree

Artist: Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Date: First month of 1855

Title: Mitate Sanbas˘, 見立 三番叟)

Noh play: Okina, which includes the Sanbas˘ dance

Discription: Woman holding a box

Artist: Hiroshige

Date: First month of 1855

 

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

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