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Silhouette of a Jester (Taikomochi), from the series Lingering Traces in Excellent Shadow Pictures (Sono omokage hodo yoku utsutshi-e)

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From a series of shadow pictures paired with surprising visual explanations of the shadows; the "jester" is really Benkei with the bell of Mii-dera. The series title includes a play on Kuniyoshi's pen name Hodoyoshi. This impression has had its title and censors' seals removed and a false...

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False signature: Ippitsusai Bunchô ga (the original has a signature on the matching sheet) 一筆齊文調画


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Suzuki 1992, #426 (#425 is the other half of the pair, showing Benkei); Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #120 (the pair)


Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 25.8 cm (14 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper