Very Good. Mild wear. Folded print, flattened. Upper right corner is provided in facsimile with period manuscript ink.
Inshoku yojo kagami (Rules of Dietary Life) is one of two ukiyoe woodblock prints that are believed to have been created by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) circa 1850. The other was called Boji yojo kagami (Rules of Sexual Life).
Both prints show the inner workings of the human body, a schematic that was widely accepted by the lower class at this period of Japanese history, and both depict organs and processes as being run by small men. This was done to create an easy chain of learning. The common people of Japan would learn the believed functions of the organs if they could relate their purpose to something they knew. Showing people working, as if trying to run a kitchen, was accessible to the average person.
The medium of ukiyoe was a popular art form amongst commoners during the Edo period and, due to this, was generally sold and enjoyed amongst the lower and middle classes.
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