Sake Shortens Life from the series Reflections of Good and Evil for a Healthy Life

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sake Shortens Live from the series

Reflections of Good and Evil for a Healthy Life

by Utagawa Fusatane, 1873

IHL Cat. #339

About This Print

This print is the top half of number 10 in this series consisting of ten paired prints originally printed on ten oban size sheets. It tells us that alcohol consumption shortens life.

The uncut oban-size sheet as originally issued
Sake de inochi o kezuru 酒で命をけづる
Inochi no jū kaeri 命の十かへり

About The Series

A comic series consisting of twenty chuban size prints, printed two-up on ten oban size sheets. Each print features the character 命 inochi (life) and presents the viewer with recommendations on how to live a healthy, happy and long life. The top-most print on the sheet bears the series number in its upper margin and the bottom sheet contains the artist's signature and seal, the publisher's seal and the date seal. As in this collection's print, most of the extant prints have been separated from their companion print. 

Print Details
 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Sake Shortens Life
 Sake de inochi o kezuru 酒で命をけづる
 Series Reflections on Good and Evil for a Healthy Life
 Inochi no yōjō zen aku kagami 命の養生善悪鏡 
 Artist  Utagawa Fusatane (active 1854-1888)
 Signature unsigned (bottom print of the uncut oban sheet signed Ōsai Fusatane hitsu)
 Publication Date 1873
 Publisher 辻亀板 Tsujiokaya Kamekichi [Marks: pub. ref. 549]
 publisher's seal appears on bottom print of uncut sheet
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- light overall toning; minor soiling
 Genre ukiyo-e; giga
 Miscellaneous Marked 十 (10) in upper  margin
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper
 6 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (17.5 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Series Kyōkun zen’aku zukai, Kiyoko Andrea Metzler, University of Vienna, 2017, p. 105-106, 158.
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