The Modern Measure of Womenʼs Desire for Money

(Imayō tofu shisen, 今様斗婦志銭)

Publisher: Tama-ya Sōsuke

c. 1847-1848

 

This series of prints of beautiful women is listed as number 84 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 ōban.

 

Title: 嫁楽通宝

Description: Beauty seated on bench

 

Title: 遠方通宝

Description: Beauty with palanquin and cat

 

Title: 悋気内宝

Description: Beauty with pipe and handscroll

 

 

Another state of the above design without blue on top.

 

The round object is a round Chinese coin with a square hole, known as a “cashˮ.  These coins were produced from the 2nd century BCE to the 20th century.

“Robinson” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

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