Comic Parts for the Twelve Signs

(Dôke miburi jű-ni-shi)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Shoshichi

c. 1848

 

In this series of three prints well-known actors are portrayed as the twelve animals of the zodiac.  The series is listed as number 180 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.

 

Upper right: Rat (); actor Onoe Kikujirô II

Lower right: Ox (); actor Onoe Tamizô II  

Upper left: Tiger (); actor Ichikawa Kuzô II

Lower left: Hare (); actor Iwai Kumesaburô III 

 

Top: Dragon ()

Center right: Snake ()

Bottom: Horse (); actor Sakata Sajűrô II

Center left: Goat ()

 

Upper right: Monkey ()

Upper left: Cock (); actor Bandô Shűka I

Lower right: Dog (); actor Ichikawa Danjűrô VIII

Lower left: Boar ()

 

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