The Seven Gods of Good Luck on the Sumida River

(Sumidagawa shichi Fuku-jin no uchi, 隅田川七福神の内)   

Publisher: Kaga-ya Yasubei

1853

 

In this series of prints, kabuki actors are shown in costume along the Sumida River.  One of the seven gods of good fortune is inset in the right upper corner, drawn by Kuniyoshi’s daughter and student, Yoshi (1842-1885), who signed the insets “Yoshijo” (the daughter Yoshi).  The series is listed as number 203 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.

 

God: Fukurokujiu

Actor: Bandô Takesaburô I (Bandô Hikosaburô V) seated in a garden with blue flowers, rolling up a letter, a turtle crawling up the bank towards him

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God: Jurojin

Actor: Onoe Baikô IV

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Another state of the above print

 

Another state

 

God: Daikoku

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűrô VIII

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God: Eebisu

Actor: Bandô Shűka I (Bandô Mitsugorô V)

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God: Benten

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God: Hotei

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God: Bishamon

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Role: Shirai Gompachi

 

Image courtesy of Marie de Strycker

 

  

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