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- Object: Tosei neko zukushi 当世ねこづくし (Collection of Present-day Cats)
Woodblock print. Stages of a courtship and marriage, via an allegory with cats. Text includes puns on Japanese word for 'cat' (neko) and onomatopoiea for 'meow' (nyan). Signed; inscribed.
First horizontal row: A wealthy young male cat (top right) and beautiful female cat (top left) meet for the first time.
Second row: Parents meet to arrange a dowry and sign the contract.
Third row: The wedding (bride in white at far left).
Fourth row: Stages of pregnancy and giving birth (second from right, the wife embarrassed at her glowing looks; fourth from right, in late stage of pregnancy; sixth from right, carrying newborn kitten).
Fifth row: Young kitten (centre) excited about a visit from a fish monger (far left).
Sixth row: [Topic uncertain]
- Production date
- 1870 (c.)
Height: 37 centimetres
Width: 24.60 centimetres
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