Posted by Plasmo (188.8.131.52) on April 18, 2017 at 17:28:24:
In Reply to: details wanted on shini-e by Kunichika posted by Francis on April 18, 2017 at 16:35:04:
This shini-e was published in memory of the deceased actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV 市川小団次 (1812-1866). The artist Kunichika was well alive while designing this print in 1866.
The title Nanakusa-no uchi 七艸之内 (艸 is a variant of 草) "the seven herbs" suggests a series of seven prints connected to the seven herbs of which this one is for susuki 芒 "pampas grass". In fact, there is no such series and 芒 is traditionally not part of any of the different seven herbs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku). The character 芒 here probably is merely a pun on 亡 which means "to die" and thus fits the occasion perfectly.
The text on the left is a haiku using a neverending journey as a metaphor for the actor's death.
The name of the carver is Ch˘jir˘ 長次郎 and the publisher is Daikoku-ya Kinzabur˘ 大黒屋金三郎 (active ca. 1863-1881)
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