Treasury of Humor Modeled by Toads

(Gama-tehon hyōkingura, 蝦蟇 手本ひやう きんぐら)

Publisher: Yamato-ya Kyūbei

C. 1847-1848

 

This series portrays toads in humorous situations resembling scenes from the kabuki play, Kanadehon Chūshingura.  It is listed as 85 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chūban.  Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

Kuniyoshi - Treasury of Humor Modelled by Toads, Daijo - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu no ba (1st act, At the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine (T) & Nidanme Momoi yakata no ba (Act 2,  At Momoi's mansion)

 

Top title: Daijo - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu no ba (At the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

Bottom title: Nidanme Momoi yakata no ba (At Momoi’s mansion)

Description: Acts 1 and 2 of Kanadehon Chūshingura

 

Kuniyoshi - Treasury of Humor Modelled by Toads (Gama-tehon hyōkingura), R 83, Richard Illing

 

Top title: Sandanme Ashikaga yakata uramon no ba

Bottom title: Yondanme omotemon no ba

Description: Acts 3 and 4 of Kanadehon Chūshingura

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

 

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Description: Toad resembling Mount Fuji

 

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