Universal Divination by the Eight Trigrams, Illustrated

(Sheki hakke e, 周易八卦絵)

Publisher: Jsh-ya Kinz

1837-1838

 

The eight trigrams are ancient Chinese symbols used in divination. According to legend, Emperor Fu Hsi (24th century BCE) discovered them inscribed on the back of a tortoise. The sixty-four hexagrams, which each constitute a unique vertical pair of trigrams, are dealt with extensively in the book I Ching. Robinson lists only two prints in this series, and it is unlikely that any others exist. They are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

 

Scene: Raijin (震雷), the thunder god, brandishing his drumsticks as he storms through the sky accompanied by a thunder-beast

Robinson: S11.1

 

Scene: Ften (巽風), the wind god, manipulating his swirling bag accompanied by a storm-bird

Robinson: S11.2

Robinson refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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