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Kyokun zen’aku kagami 教訓善悪鏡

Description Woodblock print, mounted as scroll
Created Date 1872
Contributor Shosai, Ikkei (Artist) / 昇斎, 一景 (Artist)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.125
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note English title: A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil
Note Dimension: each print, 6 15/16 x 9 1/4 in.
Note As a Tokyo print designer, Shosai Ikkei was a pupil of Utagawa Hiroshige III. He produced meisho-e (images of famous locations) of a radically changing Tokyo during the early days of Western-style modernization. His work includes the set Forty-eight Views of Famous Places in Tokyo (Tōkyō meisho shijūhakkei, 1871) and lively views in Comic Scenes of Thirty-six Famous Places in Tokyo (Tōkyō meisho sanjūroku gisen, 1871 -72), both oban-format (full-sheet of 15 x 10”). 1

The right print presents an instance of bad behavior and the left image illustrates good deeds. In this chuban (half height of an oban print), good parents are bathing their young children, being assisted by four good souls (zendama 善玉) dressed in white. The character ‘... (more)
Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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