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No. 2 Bad Example from the series Moral Lessons for Daughters About the Two Sides of Life

No. 12 Do Not Give Money to the Indolent from the series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

No. 2 Bad Example from the series

Moral Lessons for Daughters About

the Two Sides of Life

by Shōsai Ikkei, 1873


IHL Cat. #2271

About This Print

Print number 2  from the series Moral Lessons for Daughters About the Two Sides of Life, consisting of twelve 十二 oban size prints.  Each oban size print consists of two chuban size images, the top image displaying an example of bad behavior and the bottom half displaying good behavior.    It is not unusual for the sheets to have been separated into two chuban size prints.  

In this chuban size print (the top half of the oban size sheet shown below) a woman plays a shamisen while a mother, a friend and her daughter talk, being inattentive to the music. Seven akudama 悪 urge them on in their inattentiveness. It takes more akudama to foster bad behavior than zendama 善 to encourage good behavior, a commentary on how it is easier to do the right thing.

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

The uncut sheet
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About This Series
This series of prints was originally issued as a full size oban sheet containing examples of bad behavior on top and good behavior on 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 nine 九 out of a total of twelve 十二 full size oban prints. 
 
This twelve print (24 scenes) 1873 series titled Moral Lessons for Daughters About the Two Sides of Life came on the heels of the popular 1872 series titled A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil, both issued by the publisher KōeidōAs shown below, the format of the prints in the two series were almost identical, the noticeable difference being the blue-colored (and on some prints, cyan-colored) background on the 1873 series.

 Print two from the 1872 series
A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil
教訓善悪鏡 
 Print two from the 1873 series Moral Lessons for Daughters About the Two Sides of Life
娘教訓二面鏡 



Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2271
 Title or Description No. 2 Bad Example
 Series Moral Lessons for Daughters About the Two Sides of Life
 
Musume kyōkun nimen kagami 娘教訓二面鏡
 [also seen translated as Two Sides of Educating Daughters]
 Artist Shōsai Ikkei (fl. 1860-late 1870s)
 Signature
Shōsai Ikkei 昇斎一景
 Seal no artist's seal
 Publication Date
1873
 Publisher
Tsutaya Kichizō, (Kōeidō) 蔦屋吉藏 [Marks: pub. ref. 556]
 Carver 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - wrinkling; multiple wormholes mostly repaired with tape on verso
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format chuban but originally issued as the top half of an oban-size sheet.  
 H x W Paper 
 6 7/8 x 9 1/16 in. (17.5 x 23.0 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (16.2 x 21.9 cm) [area within black border]
 Literature 
 
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4/2/2020 created
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