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No. 8 Wasteful Man and Frugal Man from the series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

No. 8 Wasteful Man and Frugal Man

from the series A Didactic Mirror of Good and Evil

by Shōsai Ikkei, 1872


IHL Cat. #556

About This Print

The top print shows a wasteful man being encouraged to spend his money at a geisha house, by eight 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) assist a frugal man who is eating at a small restaurant and giving alms to a beggar.

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 eight 八 out of a total of twelve 十二 full size oban prints.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #556
 Title or Description  No. 8 Wasteful Man and Frugal Man
 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 fair - trimmed into image on top and left side; wrinkling; backed; minor soiling and toning
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  two chuban size prints on an oban-size sheet. 
 H x W Paper
 13 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. (34.3 x 23.2 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.36790
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