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Kitagawa Utamaro

Momotaro Riding a New Year’s Hobby Horse and a Geisha With a Shamisen , 1800-1801

Woodblock print, nishiki-e

Vertical ōban, 394 x 266 mm

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Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Milan,

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About

Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, 394 x 266 mm
Signed: Utamaro Hitsu
Publisher: Ōmiya Gonkurō

From the series: A Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month
                           Tarō – zukimitzugumisakazuri

The three prints of this series, also designed to be enjoyed as single sheets (as evidenced by the title present on each) can be composed in a triptych, of which our print is the first on the left.
Fine impression and colour  perfectly retained, very good condition.

The print was intended  to celebrate the New Year. Behind the geisha appear  the lucky treasures. On the undergarment of Momotaro the Danjuro’s crest (mimasu) appears twice.

References:
K.Shibui, Utamaro, Ukiyo- Zuten, vol. 13, Tokyo 1964, p. 20.
S. Asano- T. Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro, British Museum, 1995, p. 216, no. 359, ill. p. 184.

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