The Five Natural Elements

(Gogy˘ no uchi, 五行之内)

Publisher: Suruga-ya Sakujir˘

1842-1846

 

This series of fan prints (uchiwa) compares beautiful women to the five elements.á It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).

 

Kuniyoshi - (fan) The Five Natural Elements (Gogyo no uchi), Chochin no kasho - Lantern, fire - beauty lighting a lantern

Title: Lantern, Fire (Chochin no kasho)

Description: Beauty lighting a lantern

Title: Needle, metal (Hari no kinsho, 針乃金性)

Description: Beauty with needle and thread

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Title: Watermelon, Water (Suika no suisho, 西瓜の水性)

Description: Beauty extracting seeds from a slice of watermelon

Title: Morning Glory, Earth (Asagao no dosei, 朝顔の土性)

Description: Young woman with potted morning glories

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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