Tame/reject wildness/violence with the sincere spirit of a filial child from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Tame/reject wildness/violence with the sincere spirit of a filial child

(Volume 1, story 12, no. 11) from the series

Brocade Pictures for Moral Education

by Kobayashi Toshimitsu, 1883


IHL Cat. #430
title cartouche detail

About This Print

This print illustrates story number 12 (十二in volume 1 (巻 ) of the six volume textbook Brocade Pictures of Moral Education issued in 1883 and 1884 as primary school instructional texts. In this print we see Yang Xiang (Yoku in Japanese) rescuing his father from a tiger who has threatened to eat him. Yang yells at the tiger and ferociously attacks him, disregarding his own life. The tiger flees and the father is saved thanks to the exemplary filial behavior of his son. The story of Yang Xiang is one of the Twenty-Four Examples of Filial Piety compiled by Guo Jujin during the Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368 CE).

The Ninety-Two Print Series "Brocade Pictures of Moral Education"
In October 1883 a set of at least ninety full color oban-size prints, designed by students of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) were issued by the publisher Tsuji Keiji 辻敬之 and his publishing house Fukyūsha 普及舎 as supplements, or accompaniments, to the six volumes of instructional textbooks.  Many of the prints issued were based upon Yoshitoshi's black and white illustrations in the texts. Each of the full-color prints carries the same title as the textbooks, Brocade Prints for Moral Education (Nishiki-e shūshindan  錦絵修身談) and each print also references the volume number, story number and page number of the portion of the text it is illustrating.  

For more information on these prints and the textbooks, and pictures of all ninety-two prints, see the article Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.

For other prints in this series see Reform/rectify the ruler’s errors with tactful humor from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education and Yuchûkan repairing the manners/world of men from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.

Comparison of Yoshitoshi's original black and white illustration in Volume 1 and Toshimitsu's print

 


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #430
 Title or Description Tame/reject wildness/violence with the sincere spirit of a filial child, Volume 1, Story 12, Number 11
巻一 十二 孝子の精誠能く猛獣を却く 十一丁
こうしのまことよくたけきけものをしりぞく
Kōshi no makoto yoku take kike mono wo shirizoku
 Series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education, Volume 1
錦絵修身談 Nishiki-e shshindan,   ichi maki
 Artist  Kobayashi Toshimitsu (active 1876–1904)
 Signature
right column: 年画 Toshichika ga ["ga" - drawn by]
left column: 年参校 Toshimitsu kō [kō - meaning unclear, but I interpret it to mean with the assistance of.]

artist names:
富永年親 Tominaga Toshichika
小林年参 Kobayashi Toshimitsu

 Artist's seal  not sealed
 Publication Date  明治十六年九月二十六日版権免許、同年十月出版、同廿一年十一月三日再版
 September 26, 1883 - license to publish
 October 1883 - publication
 November 3, 1888 - second edition
 note: dates normally appearing in the left margin are trimmed from this print
 Publisher 編輯兼出版人 東京下谷区練塀町十四番地 熊本県士族 辻敬之、発兌 同 普及舎
Tsuji Keiji 辻敬之 (editor and publisher) and his publishing house Fukyūsha 普及舎
note: publishing information normally appearing in the left margin is trimmed from this print
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - soiling throughout, not backed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishiki-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format  vertical ōban
 H x W Paper
 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (34.9 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (33.7 x 21.9 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Ritsumeikan Art Research Center (ARC) AcNo. arcUP7476
last revision:
8/2/2019
1/27/2019
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