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No. 7 Greedy Merchant and Solicitous Merchant from the series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

No. 7 Greedy Merchant and Solicitous Merchant from the series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil

by Shōsai Ikkei, 1872


IHL Cat. #526

IHL Cat. #527

About This Print

The top print shows a greedy merchant, abacus in hand, being encouraged by six bad souls (akudama) identified by the character 悪 (badness, vice) in the rounds of their faces.  In the bottom five good souls  (zendama) identified by the character ‘zen’ 善 (goodness, virtue) are assisting the merchant in his shop.

For the origin of these zendama and akudama figures please see the article on this site titled Representations of Good and Evil: Origins of Zendama and Akudama Figures in Japanese Prints.

This series of prints was originally issued as a full size oban sheet containing the "badness" on top and the "goodness" on the bottom.  It is not unusual for the sheets to have been cut into two chuban size prints.  Each print in the series is numbered, this being number seven 七 out of a total of twelve 十二 full size oban prints.
 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #526 and #527
 Title or Description  No. 7 Greedy Merchant and Solicitous Merchant
 Series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil (Kyokun zen’aku kagami 教訓善悪鏡)
 Artist  Shōsai Ikkei (fl. 1860-late 1870s)
 Signature  Shōsai Ikkei
 Seal  no artist's seal
 Publication Date
1872, 6th month
(Aratame - Date Seal)
 Publisher
Tsutaya Kichizô, (Kôeidô)
 Engraver  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition IHL Cat. 526 good - thinning left margin verso from removal from previous mounting; area of loss center top margin repaired
 
IHL Cat. 527 good - thinning left margin verso from removal from previous mounting; minor damage along bottom margin
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  originally issued as two chuban size prints on an oban-size sheet. 
 H x W Paper
 IHL Cat. 526    7 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. (18.4 x 25.1 cm)
 IHL Cat. 527    7 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (18.7 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 IHL Cat. 526    6 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (16.2 x 21.9 cm)
 IHL Cat. 526    6 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (16.2 x 21.9 cm)
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