Selected Insects

á(Mushi erami, 虫選)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

c. 1843


This series compares beautiful women to various small animals.á The women are portrayed against a background of stylized clouds with a poem. The series is listed as number 113 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á These prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.



Title: Ants (Ari, あり)

Description: Beauty holding fan in front of goldfish pond

Inset: Two ants



Title: Gold beetle (Kogane mushi, こがねむし)

Description: Beauty with cats

Inset: A yellow and green beetle on blue flowers



Title: Butterflies (Cho, ちょう)

Description: Kneeling woman holding a sprig of cherry blossom and looking at butterflies

Inset: Butterflies and yellow flowers



Title: Snails (Katatsumuri, かたつむり)

Description: Standing woman holding up an infant, a lacquered chest at her feet

Inset: A snail on a leaf


Title: Getting in the Way (Ashimatoi, あしまとい)

Description: standing woman looks over her shoulder at two dogs fighting over the remains of a fish

Inset: Worms and purple flowers