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Mother and Child

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1793
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Accession Number:
JP988
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.

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