• Ichikawa Monnosuke III (市川門之助) in the role of the <i>menoto</i> Jiko? (めのとじこ?) probably from the play <i>Gion Sairei Shinkouki</i> (祇園祭礼信仰記)
Ichikawa Monnosuke III (市川門之助) in the role of the <i>menoto</i> Jiko? (めのとじこ?) probably from the play <i>Gion Sairei Shinkouki</i> (祇園祭礼信仰記)
Ichikawa Monnosuke III (市川門之助) in the role of the <i>menoto</i> Jiko? (めのとじこ?) probably from the play <i>Gion Sairei Shinkouki</i> (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

Ichikawa Monnosuke III (市川門之助) in the role of the menoto Jiko? (めのとじこ?) probably from the play Gion Sairei Shinkouki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Print


03/1822
9.75 in x 14.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Enomotoya Kichibei
(Marks 054 - seal 01-053)
Censor's seal: kiwame
"Literally a wet nurse. In fact, a menoto was more than a wet nurse for the aristocracy. The big clans used to employ women of high birth to raise and educate their children. In the menoto system, the child was often taken away from his/her real mother and trusted to the menoto to be brought up separately. It used to be accepted as the right way to raise children.

In Japanese: 乳人"

This is quoted directly from Kabuki21.

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"In Japan, the ill-defined role and institution of wet nurse (menoto 乳母) provided a vital conduit for political and social change. From the tenth through the fourteenth century, court nobles, imperial princes, and, increasingly, provincial warriors relied on wet nurses rather than biological mothers to raise their children. Menoto became a locus of affection that was equal to, and sometimes stronger than, kinship ties.

Wet nurses constituted a malleable institution of social and political power. They gained prestige in court and provincial society..."

Quoted from: 'Thicker than Blood: The Social and Political Significance of Wet Nurses in Japan, 950-1330' by Thomas D. Conlan in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2005.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Monnosuke III (三代目市川門之助: 11/1815 to 1824) (actor)
Enomotoya Kichibei (榎本屋吉兵衛) (publisher)