The Popular Raccoon Dogs as...

(Dôke tanuki no... ,  道化狸の... )

Publisher: Ise-ya Kisuke

1846

This series of comic prints alludes to the supposed ability of raccoon dogs to voluntarily enlarge their scrotums.  It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

 

Title: The Six Immortal Poets (Rokkasen, 六花撰)

 

 

Title: 逢都絵

 

 

Title: 金たまっ尽

 

 

Title: まりうた

 

 

Raccoon dogs in winter and summer fur from Reisen und forschungen im Amur-lande in den jahren 1854-1856 by Leopold von Schrenck.  The raccoon dog is also known as Nyctereutes procyonoides, magnut and tanuki (タヌキ, , , or たぬき).  It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes.

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

 

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