The Pride of Edo: Going into Modern Service

(Edo jiman tsei ji-ire, 江戸自慢程好仕入)

Publisher: Ensh-ya Matabei

1847-1848

 

This series of prints has large half-length images of beautiful women with insets of dramatic characters. It is listed as number 107 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), where it is identified as consisting of five prints. The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. All the prints bear the seals of the censors Hama and Kinugasa. I am grateful to Ward Pieters and Robert Pryor for assisting with this series.

 

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Beauty: Beauty with tsuzumi (small hourglass-shaped wooden drum)

Fabric: Yoshino kanto (よしのかんとう)

Inset: Kitsune Tadanobu

 

 

 

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Beauty: Young woman cleaning a pipe

Fabric: Haguzome (はぐ染め) with a pattern imitates clothing made from recycled paper

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Beauty: Beauty going into service

Fabric: Shbkawa (しやうぶかは) with a pattern of horses

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Fabric: Gobanjima (ごばん縞) with a go board pattern from the House of Ume (Ume-ya)

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Beauty: Beauty with umbrella

Fabric: Teppo-shibori (てっぽうしぼり), a tie-died fabric having a pattern resembling the sparks from a Japanese matchlock gun (tepp)

Inset: Kanpei with his gun

 

 

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