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Below are Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Kuchi-e woodblock prints, scrolls, and postcards depicting scenes containing ichigenkin and nigenkin. We would appreciate knowing of others.

Ukiyo-e: Woodblock prints popular from the 17th - 20th centuries in Japan, literally "pictures of the floating world".
Kuchi-e: Popular woodblock prints made around 1895 to 1915 as frontispiece illustrations of popular novels published by newspapers.
Postcards: Produced in the early 20th century, mostly posed photos

Ichigenkin Iconography
Ukiyo-e

Toyokuni III: (1786-1864), a.k.a. Kunisada, Utagawa


Toyokuni III: (1786-1864), a.k.a. Kunisada, Utagawa. Suma no Mitsuuji from Mitate Sanjurokku sen, 1856

Toyokuni III: (1786-1864), a.k.a. Kunisada, Utagawa. Koto: Akisuke (Japan Open Art Database)

Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861):
from Suikoden of Women's Customs
(Courtesy of kuniyoshiproject.com)

Kunichika, Toyohara: (1835–1900) "Kaika Ninjo Kagami" (Mirror of the Flowering Human Emotions, Customs and Manners), playing Sumagoto (ichigenkin). (Courtesy of Artelino.com)

Kunichika, Toyohara: (1835–1900)
 
Kuchi-e

Hanko, Kajita (1870-1917)
Scroll

A rather scandalous print depicting a Hadaka Matsuri or naked festival that features a number of musicians playing for dancers. The ichigenkin is shown played very inappropriately.
Illustration
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19th C. illustration showing yakumogoto, Azuma nigenkin and ichigenkin. (Courtesy MAK online collection)
One-string Qin Iconography

 

Furen 1 string qin
Taizhenwang Furen Playing One-String Qin, Encircled by a Dragon
Taijin ō fūjin
Yashima Gakutei (Japan, c. 1786-c.1855)
Japan, 19th century Surimono; color woodblock print
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Taizhenwang Furen

Sun Deng playing one-string qin
Nigenkin Iconography

Ukiyo-e by Chikanobu, Toyohara: 1838-1912
Chikanobu was an important Meiji artist and a student of Kunichika.

chikanobu triptichCurrent Beauties
Chikanobu vation house printVacation House with Stone Lantern

Chikanobu triptichMoon from the Ocean Pavilion


Evening Concert

Nigengoto 1898, Azuma
Other

Nobukazu Yosai Watenabe 1874-1944
Beautiful Ladies Playing Music Kyoto Style 1890 (courtesy Ukiyo-e.org)
 
Postcard
nigenkincard
 
Yakumo-goto Iconography
Postcards:


(courtesy of Okinawa Soba)


(courtesy of Okinawa Soba)
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