The following set of erotic prints is designed by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and is issued c.1830-35. It consists of twelve koban prints with twelve half-naked women performing acrobatics on a ladder. Placed in groups of six, the twelve numbered sheets are a parody of similar depictions of firefighters performing daredevil stunts.
The inscriptions on the buckets on the second bottom print on the left refer to Nakanocho Street in the Yoshiwara district – the prostitution district of Edo. Below it is depicted the great water vessel that stood at the gate of the Yoshiwara; the gate is on the right. The twelve pictures may form a calendar with references to the short and long months.
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Source: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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