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UTAGAWA KUNIYOSHI

歌川国芳

うたがわくによし

1797-1861

Subject:

Comical Ken Game of Darumas

Dōke Daruma ken

道化だるまけん

The figures may represent

Nakamura Utaemon IV on the right,
Ichikawa Kuzō II in the center
and Matsumoto Kōshirō VI on the left.

Date: Ca. 1847-48

Censor seals:

Muramatsu and Yoshimura

Publisher: Horimasa

 Print Size: 13 3/4 x 9 1/4"

Signature: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi giga

 一勇斎国芳戯画

Condition: This print is trimmed and laid down.

There is an old crease across the center where it had broken apart on the left side.

Soiling and scuffing throughout with overall light fading. Four old pin holes

along the right edge from having been bound in an album.

There is another copy of this print in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

 and another one in the Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna.

$120.00

SOLD!

 

 

 

 

According to  the Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften der Universität Wien the text reads:

 

sake wa kinshu de iroke made
yameru kokoro de mi o kiyome
hibi furu kabe nagamete kurashimasho
sore kan de mo nonde mo zazen mame
bonsan ga wachō e watararete
sorede hōbō hiromuru ten
shūshi o sā hiromeyo

 

Sake is not allowed nor are women
Let us purify our heart with a renouncing heart!
We shall live looking at the humble wall!
Biting and drinking small beans
the Zen monk came over to Japan
thereby broadening the heaven
Let us propagate our faith!

 

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