Re: What is this Kuniaki?

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Posted by Alec W. ( on December 03, 2021 at 15:02:12:

In Reply to: What is this Kuniaki? posted by TimZ on December 02, 2021 at 16:39:19:

It's a toy print ("omocha-e"), of a common type called "monozukushi". These usually bear a title of the form "Shinpan (X) zukushi", meaning "Newly-published assortment of (X)". They depicted a variety of objects on a particular theme, like fish, masks, vegetables, monsters, you name it. Some of these were explicitly designed to be cut out and pasted down to thicker card stock, and a front and back view of each object would be provided.

This print is "Shinpan gakumen zukushi" 新板額面づくし, which I *think* is something like "Newly-published assortment of framed painted boards." I don't know if the conceit is that the pictures depicted are famous paintings or not, but certainly the scenes are familiar enough, such as Nitta Yoshisada throwing his sword into the sea (top left).

Here's the link to the impression of this cataloged in the ARC database:

Published 1885 by Kobayashi Shinkichi 小林新吉.


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