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print / hashira-e

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  • Description

    Colour woodblock pillar print, hashira-e. Shidoken sitting in Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji) precincts, and banging on desk with wooden phallus. With poem. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1760 (c. ?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 66.5 centimetres (Image)
    • Width: 9.7 centimetres
    • Height: 81.4 centimetres (Mounted)
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres (Mounted)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, title panel
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        [...] Shidoken
      • Inscription Translation

        Old battle tales by Shidoken
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom right
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Seigyu Gyochin ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Picture by Seigyu Gyochin
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom right
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of Gyochin.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom left
      • Inscription Comment

        Seal of the publisher, Tomita.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        image, upper half
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chiru hana o mireba chiri nari gomi nari
      • Inscription Comment

  • Curator's comments

    Originally a Shingon monk, Fukai Shidoken (?1680-1765) became an eccentric popular story-teller. Banging the table with a wooden phallus, his stories were often wild and erotic. Here the sign advertises 'old battle tales'. (Label copy, TCC 1998)Smith 1988

    The 'crossroads lecturer' Shidoken sits in the Asakusa Kannon Temple precincts. He makes his points by banging on his desk with a wooden phallus. Shidoken specialised in war stories. The print is signed 'Painted by Seigyu Gyochin'.


  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 2 38 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1988 60 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2010 Oct 14 - 2011 Apr 3, BM, Images and Sacred Texts: Buddhism across Asia

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