Re: hiroshige - "Shank's Mare Series"

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Posted by Shade of Sharaku on March 21, 2003 at 16:38:50:

In Reply to: hiroshige - "Shank's Mare Series" posted by june compton on March 21, 2003 at 06:59:12:

Hiroshige never explicitly identifies figures from his Tokaido set as being Kita and Yajiro, but there are images that seem closely based on the Shank's Mare. One of these is Mariko (21st print in the set) which shows 2 plebian figures at a sticky-potato soup (tororojiru) shop. The woman server matches the description given of the corresponding woman in the Shank's Mare perfectly, with a disheveled appearance and a child strapped to her back. The travelers being attacked by inn maids at Goyu (#36) also smack of the Shank's Mare and some of the descriptions there, though again there is nothing that explicitly states they are Kita and Yaji. #28 is another possibility, though again, it's hard to distinguish between 2 plebian travelers of different ages and Kita and Yaji. (The figures in #28 do resemble those in #36 though.)

There are also several series of prints that explicitly reproduce the Shank's Mare, one of the most commonly found being by Yoshiiku. Jippensha Ikku himself also did a set, which is discussed in the journal Ukiyo-e Art.

I'm looking for into on Hiroshige prints from "53 Stages of the Tokaido" series that have as their subject matter 2 comic characters (Kita & Yaji) from Ikku Jippensha's novel "Shank's Mare". I've seen it listed as "Shank's Mare Series" but that may not be completely accurate. Any info would be most appreciated. Thanks.
: June Compton

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