Exhibitions/ Art Object

「今昔未見 生物猛虎之真図」
Never Seen Before: True Picture of a Live Wild Tiger (Konjaku miken, Ikimono mōko no shinzu)

Artist:
Kawanabe Kyōsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
sixth month 1860
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 14 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (36.5 x 25.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
Accession Number:
2007.49.262
Not on view
Signature: Chikamaru ga

Inscription: 万延元年(1860)
【豹の見世物・続】
  ≪大判錦絵・河鍋暁斎画・仮名垣魯文記・恵比寿屋庄七板≫(「武江観物画譜」五十一/『見世物関係資料コレクション目録』236頁3-60)
  (表題)「今昔未見 生物猛虎之真図」。一羽の鶏を押さえつけ、もう一羽を狙う豹の絵。改印「申六月」。左上に口上文を竹囲いした額状にして掲げる。口上文は以下のとおり。
「虎穴に入らざれバ虎兒を得る事難し、活業ハ道に依て賢しと、宜なる哉、大西洋阿蘭陀国のヘルシヤトいへる深山ハ、常に猛虎林中に住んで、杣木樵(そまきこり)の類(たぐ)ひ、行きて帰る者最(いと)稀之(まれなり)。その妻子等深く案じ、朝暮かなしむ者許多(あまた)ありけるに、或日童顔鶴髪の異翁忽然として村里に顕れ、そが妻子に対して曰、汝等が父夫ハヘルシヤナの山中にて猛虎の為に一命を落せりとぞつげ給ふ、妻子等是を聞て大に驚き、道路に倒れて悲歎にせまる、斯て老翁此里の猟師等に猛虎を生捕の術を教ゆ、猟夫等翁の示(しめし)によりて大小の虎二疋をとらゆるに、一疋ハ命を果せし個(もの)の妻子等一同こぞりて是を殺し、各(おのおの)父夫の仇を報ゆ、通商コレセシヤアンといへる人、兒虎一疋をあがなひ求め、皇朝萬延庚申年五月下旬、大日本国新港横濱へ持わたれり、奇なる哉、古今未見の猛獣を居ながらにして一覧なすこと、実(げ)に太平の御恩澤にして、仰ぎ貴むべきことになん/稗官 假名垣魯文傳記」
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