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Woman and Child

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1794–95
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
14 7/8 x 10 in. (37.8 x 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection; Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2812
Not on view
In this playful, amusing picture, a young boy points at his mother's open legs. The dark green lacquered obi attracts the viewer's eye and directs it to the oddly placed still life. The green fruit, the child's raised leg and suggestive gesture, and the mother's sleepy gaze hint that an erotic reading is intended and perhaps, a metaphor for childbirth.
Signature: Utamaro fude
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939).
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