Utagawa Kuniyoshi


Sixteen Wonderful Considerations of Profit: no. 3, Saint Karikosu Says Borrowing Too Much Is Unprofitable
(Myo densu juroku rikan: san, Karikosu Sona)

signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi giga (comic pictures by Kuniyoshi) with artist's Kiri seal, with censor's seal Murata, and publisher's seal of Enshuya Matabei, ca. 1845

oban tate-e 15 by 10 1/8 in., 38 by 25.8 cm

This series presents women engaging in various everyday activities juxtaposed with sixteen rakan (Buddhist disciples of merit who have been released from the cycle of rebirth) representing various human failings and worldly struggles such as greed, gluttony, wastefulness, impatience, indecision, poverty, and in this design, debt.

Although this impression appears to be very crisp, it is likely a second state of the design. In other extant impressions, in the hanging scroll in the background the figure of Karikosu carries a staff with paper votive slips resting on his shoulder. It seems likely that there was some damage to that area of the keyblock which inspired the solution of replacing the staff with a black lacquer biwa.

B.W. Robinson, Kuniyoshi, 1961, series list #103
Robert Schaap, Heroes & Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi, 1998, pp. 268-269, series list #11
The British Museum (Ex. Arthur Miller Collection), accession no. 2008,3037.14614
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Ex. Bigelow Collection), accession no. 11.36309
(inv. no. 10-5225)

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