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  • Description

    Colour woodblock print, oban. A portrait of the publisher Konno (Nishimuraya Yohachi I) of the Eijudo publishing house to commemorate his reaching the age of 71. It shows him seated, dressed in a kimono and ‘haori’ coat both decorated with the character ‘kotobuki’ (Longevity). He holds a fan and sits before a lacquer lectern as he practises the popular hobby of musical recitation. He is seated on a mattress with a pile of bedding directly behind him. In the background is a screen painted with a rising sun over Mr. Fuji, a hawk in flight and a bush of eggplant, the three symbols considered lucky if dreamt about in the first dream of the New Year, (‘hatsuyume’).


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  • Date

    • 1797-1798
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37.7 centimetres
    • Width: 25.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichi Fuji ni / ni taka, iro yoshi / san nasubi
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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Toyokuni ga
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      • Inscription Comment

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Nanaju-ichi o Eijudo Konno
      • Inscription Translation

        Eijudo Konno at the venerable age of 71
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        publisher's Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo)
  • Curator's comments

    Other sources give the name as ‘Hibino’ (日比野) rather than ‘Konno’ (昆野). See ‘Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten’, vol.3, p.141. (Paul Griffith, 12/2/2010.)

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    Not on display

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Woodblock print. Shini-e. A memorial portrait of Konno of Eijudo Press at the age of 71. Nishiki-e on paper.


Woodblock print. Shini-e. A memorial portrait of Konno of Eijudo Press at the age of 71. Nishiki-e on paper.

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