Selected Brother-pictures of 30 Chosen Trees and Flowers

(E-kydai mitate san-j bokkwa-sen, 繪鏡臺見立三十木花撰)

Publisher: Jsh-ya Kinz

c. 1845

 

In this series, bust portraits of kabuki actors are likened to trees and flowers. It is listed as number 155 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

 

Actor:

Role: Shinonome

Plant: Knotgrass

 

Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker

 

 

 

This is another state of the above print.

 

Actor: Band Shka I

Role: Oshun

Plant: Wisteria (shirafuji)

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjr VIII

Role: Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門)

Plant: Flowering melon vine

 

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Actor:

Role:

Plant: Pine

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Role: Taira no Kiyomori Plant: Pine tree laden with snow

 

 

 

Actor: Iwai Kumesabur III

Role: Shirae Gompachi

Plant: Iris

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Lady Yae

Plant: Peonies

 

 

 

 

 

Actor: Sawamura Tossh I (Sawamura Sjr V)

Role: Chubei

Plant: Prunus flowers

 

 

 

 

Actor:

Role:

Plant: Tiger lilies

 

Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker

 

 

Actor:

Role:

Plant: Maple

 

Actor:

Role:

Plant:

 

Actor:

Role: Genhichi

Plant: Morning glories

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: Abe no Yasuna

Plant: Arrowroot leaves

 

 

 

Actor:

Role: The swordsman Miyamoto Musashi

Plant: Lespedeza blossoms

 

Actor:

Role: Watnai

Plant:

 

Actor:

Role: Courtesan Shinobu of Miyagi gori

Plant: Ferns

 

 

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