Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Not on view
Utamaro composed this two image with considerable skill and humor, creating a circular movement through gazes and gestures. The mother and child are simultaneously involved in multiple activities. The mother arranges her coiffure before a mirror stand and nurses her baby, while he suckles, pinches her other nipple, and reaches for a toy that is offered by another woman.
Signature: Utamaro hitsu
Marking: Publisher's seal: Sensa
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table," December 17, 2013–April 13, 2014.
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)Date: probably 1789Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink, color, mica, and gold-leaf on paperAccession: 2013.897On view in:Not on view