Six Fashionable Female Poetic Immortals

(Fûryû onna rokkasen, 大石眼竜斎吉弘)

1853

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô

 

This group of prints illustrates carved “dolls” displayed at Kannon Temple in Asakusa.  Among other subjects, present-day women representing classical poems by six female poets were exhibited and are illustrated in this series.  Although the word ningyô is translated as “dolls”, these lifelike dolls (iki-ningyô) were in fact extremely realistic life-sized clothed statues.  This series 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: Poems by Shikiken Mon'in no Mikushige and Gosaga-in no Tenji by the Kyoto doll artist Ôishi Ganryûsai Yoshihiro (京都人形師, 風流女六歌仙 式乾門院御匣 後嵯峨院典侍)

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

 

NOTE: Man in dress of incantation with candles on his head, a mirror breast-plate, hammer, nails and straw doll

 

 

Title: Poems by Uma no Naishi and Shôshô no Naishi by the Kyoto doll artist Ôishi Ganryûsai Yoshihiro (京都人形師, 風流女六歌仙 馬内侍 少将内侍)

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

 

 

Title: Poems by Sei Shônagon and Izumi Shikibu by the Kyoto doll artist Ôishi Ganryûsai Yoshihiro (京都人形師, 風流女六歌仙 清少納言 和泉式部)

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

 

NOTE: This print is not by Kuniyoshi, but by his student Yoshifuji, signed Ippôsai Yoshifuji ga (一鵬斎芳藤画)

 

  

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