eiri joururibon 絵入浄瑠璃本
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Woodblock printed books published during the Edo period, from the Kan'ei 寛永 to the Kyouhou 享保 eras (1624-1736). Theses small red and green books contained texts of performances called kojoururi 古浄瑠璃, the old joururi 浄瑠璃 which dated up to and included the early work of Chikamatsu Monzaemon 近松門左衛門 (1653-1724) and Takemoto Gidayuu 竹本義太夫 (1651-1714). Joururi was a type of performance with either puppets or humans typified by musical accompaniment of storytelling on the shamisen 三味線. This type of book used the texts of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's gidayuubushi 義太夫節 (recitation by or in the manner of Takemoto Gidayuu) which were associated with Osaka joururi. Early examples of the red and green colored eiri joururibon are TAKATACHI たかたち (1625), SETSUKIYAU KARUKAYA せつきやうかるかや (1631) and HANAYA はなや(1634). These were published in the Kyoto-Osaka regions. Eiri joururibon began to be produced in Edo in the Manji 万治 era (1658-61).
There are common names for several types of eiri joururibon. The Kyoto-Osaka area published a type called shiramihon 虱本, which featured extremely small writing and illustrations and a more refined style than those produced in Edo. The typical Edo publication, which succeeded the shiramihon, was called *kinpirabon 金平本. The rokudanbon 六段本 literally 'six act book', so named for the number of dan 段 (acts), also appeared at this time. All of these types died out during the Kyouhou era. The print-designers for the illustrations of early versions of these books are unknown, but later ones included illustrations by Hishikawa Moronobu 菱川師宣 (c.1618-94), Torii Kiyonobu 鳥居清信 (1664-1729) and Kondou Kiyoharu 近藤清春 (fl.c. 1704-20).


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