Six Fashionable Female Poetic Immortals

(Fűryű onna rokkasen, 大石眼竜斎吉弘)

1853

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

 

This group of prints illustrates carved ôdollsö displayed at Kannon Temple in Asakusa.á Among other subjects, present-day women representing classical poems by six female poets were exhibited and are illustrated in this series.á Although the word ningy˘ is translated as ôdollsö, these lifelike dolls (iki-ningy˘) were in fact extremely realistic life-sized clothed statues.á This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this series.

 

 

Poets: Gosaga-in no Tenji (後嵯峨院典侍) who is also known as Fujiwara no Chikako) and Shikikenmon-in no Mikushige (式乾門院御匣)

Doll carver: ďishi Ganryűsai Yoshihiro of Kyoto

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

Description: A woman in the dress of incantation, with candles on her head and a mirror breast-plate.á She is performing ushi no toki mairi (丑の刻参り) by visiting a shrine at the hour of the ox (2 AM) and hammering nails through a straw doll into a sacred shrine tree.

 

Another state of the above design

 

Poets: Sh˘sh˘ no Naishi (少将 内侍) and Uma Naishi (馬内侍)

Doll carver: ďishi Ganryűsai Yoshihiro of Kyoto

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

Description: Woman and child holding a tortoise suspended on a string, and a female firewood seller

 

 

Poets: Poems by Sei Sh˘nagon (清少納言) and Izumi Shikibu (和泉式部)

Doll carver: ďishi Ganryűsai Yoshihiro of Kyoto

Date seal: 6th month of 1853

Description: Two women with a music box labeled charugoro (チャルゴロ)

 

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

 

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