Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives,

Part I

(Kenjo reppuden, 賢女烈婦傳)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘ (伊場屋仙三郎)

c. 1841-1842


The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.



Title: Anju-hime (安壽姫)

Description: Anju-himem, also known as Princess Anju, carrying water buckets with chidori (wave-birds) flying above her

Robinson: S20.1


Title: Kaga no Chiyo (加賀のチ代)

Description: Chiyo of Kaga at a well carrying a bucket

Robinson: S20.2


Image courtesy of Richard Illing


This state of the above print is a less labor intensive printing, which almost invariably means a later edition.á The wooden block for the orange clouds was not used, and the green shading (bokashi) representing grass was omitted.á Bokashi was achieved by hand-applying a gradation of ink to the wooden printing block rather than inking the block uniformly.á This hand-application had to be repeated for each sheet of paper that was printed.


Title: Gi˘ and Gijo (祗王 祇女)

Description: Shiraby˘shi dancers Gi˘ and Ginyo collecting flowers after their retirement as nuns

Robinson: S20.3


Another state of the above print


Title: Princess Go-˘ (Go-˘-hime, 午王姫)

Description: Princess Go-˘ holding a folded paper and a spray of blossoms

Robinson: S20.4


Title: Hangaku-jo (板額女)

Description: Hangaku-jo wearing a hair band and kimono over armor

Robinson: S20.5


Title: The maidservant Hatsu-jo (婢初女)

Description: Hatsu-jo drinking from a dipper at a garden tank in a shower of rain

Robinson: S20.6


This is a less labor-intensive printing of the above design, which almost invariably means a later edition.á The woodblock used to print dark blue on the garden tank and in the text cartouche was omitted.


Title: Hatsu-hana (初花)

Description: Hatsu-hana in prayer under the Gongen Waterfall which resulted in the cure of her crippled husband

Robinson: S20.7



Title: Hotoke-gozen (佛御前)

Description: Hotoke-gozen reading a poem on a soji screen with the aid of a lantern

Robinson: S20.8


Title: Hyakuman (百萬)

Description: Hyakuman of Nara, dancing with a fan and pulling a small cart full of toys, watched by her bewildered child

Robinson: S20.9




Title: Izumi-shikibu (和泉式部)

Description: Izumi-shikibu on a visit to Kamo Shrine

Robinson: S20.10


Title: Izutsu-hime (井筒姫)

Description: Izutsu-hime seated by a brazier

Robinson: S20.11



Title: J˘ruri-hime (じょうるり姫)

Description: J˘ruri-hime standing under a lamp bedecked with streamers

Robinson: S20.12


Title: Kaji of Gion (Gion Kaji, 祇園梶)

Description: Kaji of Gion seated on a bench with her fan and writing brushes

Robinson: S20.13


Title: Kane-jo (金女)

Description: Strong woman Kane-jo holding a horse

Robinson: S20.14


Title: Kesa Gozen (袈裟御前)

Description: Lady Kesa Gozen cutting her hair so that she may impersonate her husband and be killed in his place

Robinson: S20.15



Another state of the above design


Title: Masaoka (政岡)

Description: Masaoka shielding Tsugichiyo Maru under her clothes from the apparition of an old warrior-monk

Robinson: S20.16


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